Fifth Grader Recognized for Leadership and Commitment to Safety

26 May 2020

AURORA, Ill., (May 26, 2020) –Fifth grader Kylee Graunke, from Irene King Elementary School, has been honored as the AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year for the state of Illinois.  Graunke was selected from numerous candidates from across the state based on her leadership qualities, safety knowledge, and school and community involvement. 

Graunke was nominated by her teacher, Katie Novak, who said that she is not only a safety patroller, but delivers mail throughout the building and was selected as a monitor for her peers during arrival and dismissal times.

“Kylee is trustworthy and because of this I nominated her,” said Novak. “She is a strong communicator, identifying issues and sharing information with staff, excels in managing her time so that she may deliver mail around the building before the bell rings and is a friend to fellow students helping them academically, socially and emotionally.”

Graunke has also participated in the school’s Craft Club, Robotics Club, and Student Council.

She is also involved with her community and donates her time at Feed My Starving Children, a local animal shelter, has donated toys and clothes for those in need and is a Girl Scout.”

“The AAA School Safety Patrol Program has made me a better leader, student and community member,” said Graunke. “It has helped me learn about responsibility, respect, trustworthiness and cooperation allowing me to develop a trustworthy relationship with adults and students.”

A proud tradition since 1920, the AAA School Safety Patrol™ now includes more than 600,000 patrollers in schools nationwide. Students who give their time and energy to make the AAA School Safety Patrol™ a success are encouraged and supported by school officials, parent-teacher groups, police departments, and AAA clubs.

“It is an honor to award Kylee with the Patroller of the Year Award,” said Nick Jarmusz, Director of Public Affairs for AAA – The Auto Club Group.  “She truly embodies the qualities of leadership and service that the AAA School Safety Patrol program seeks to instill in participating students.”

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