Emotional moment for parents -- safety runs in the family

24 May 2019

OMAHA, NE (May 24, 2019) Jessica Neumann, a Pine Creek Elementary fifth-grader, was presented with the prestigious 2019 AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year Award for Nebraska.  The presentation was made on May 23, during a school awards assembly at Pine Creek Elementary in Bennington, Nebraska. 

Only one deserving patrol member per state earns this annual award.  Jessica was selected from over 2,500 patrollers representing 87 Nebraska elementary schools actively involved in the AAA School Safety Patrol program. Jessica was nominated by Dawn Farris, Pine Creek Elementary School’s Safety Patrol program leader, who recognized her strong leadership qualities, safety skills, school involvement, dedication, and citizenship. 

“The presentation was an emotional moment for Jessica and her family,” stated Rose White, public affairs director of AAA-The Auto Club Group.  “Jessica was not given advance notice that she had been selected.  Her father, Deputy Chief Kerry Neumann of the Omaha Police Department, and her mother, were at the ceremony along with many other family members.  They looked on with great pride when their daughter’s name was announced.”

AAA-The Auto Club Group is proud to fund the AAA School Safety Patrol program in Nebraska.  Jessica was presented with a full-color granite plaque along with a $100 gift card.  The school received an identical award plaque to display along with a $100 voucher for AAA Safety Patrol equipment and a $100 VISA gift card to support their school’s program.

What began in the early 1920s as a small, boys-only program has expanded to be the largest safety program in the world, with more than 679,000 patrollers in 35,000 schools nationwide, who dedicate their time each day before and after school to ensure their classmates are safe.  The program has been praised by safety and education groups around the globe for reducing injuries and deaths among 5-to-14 year olds, the age group most at risk for pedestrian injury.  In addition to keeping students safe, the program teaches lifelong lessons of responsibility, leadership and good citizenship.  The patroller duties are a valuable contribution to the major reduction in pedestrian fatalities and injuries, and their daily achievements deserve to be recognized on a national level.