Last week some communities recognized Crossing Guards for keeping their children safe, and while adult crossing guards are somewhat rare in Manitoba (as a parent, I’d ask: just why is that?), our School Patrol Program is thankfully operating throughout the province. Started up in Manitoba back in 1936 by Louise Staples, a teacher at Greenway School — which just happens to be one of our STP pilot schools — the program celebrated its 75th year in 2011.

Last year, Manitoba recognized this program by declaring May 5, 2011 “School Safety Patrol Program Day”, and student school patrols took part in a parade from The Forks to the Manitoba Legislature for a patrol assembly.  This year, the recognitions won’t be quite as splashy — but nonetheless Winnipeg’s School Patrols will be honoured with an Awards Assembly tomorrow morning.

In Manitoba, our School Patrol program is run by a partnership including CAA, MPI, and various enforcement agencies — in Winnipeg that would be City of Winnipeg Police Services. Outside Winnipeg, the sponsoring community group or law enforcement agency provides training.

School Patrols provide an extra layer of protection for kids crossing the streets on their way to and from school — while providing an extra sense of leadership and responsibility for the patrols themselves. Schools can avail themselves of many resources by contacting CAA directly.