18 June 2021

A McKinley Elementary fifth-grader is receiving top honors from AAA – The Auto Club Group. Bryan Lohf  was named “AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year” for the 2020-21 school year in Iowa.

"AAA school safety patrol helped me in lots of ways," said Lohf. "They taught me how to put out the cones, clean my badge, speak up more, and be a better leader than I already am. I am truly demonstrating the 3 R’s of being Respectful, Responsible and Ready, not just while on patrol, but also as a student at McKinley Elementary." 

The AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year Award recognizes the patroller who best exemplifies the leadership qualities, good citizenship, school involvement, and application of safety skills vital to effectively and responsibly wear the AAA School Safety Patrol badge. Each year, AAA is proud to recognize and award the AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year Award. Only one deserving patrol member per state earns this annual award. 

AAA School Safety Patrol Program Turns 100

The AAA School Safety Patrol program is the largest safety program in the world! Each year, more than 670,000 children participate at over 35,000 schools throughout the country. For 100 years, AAA has sponsored the AAA School Safety Patrol program, which instills students with a sense of responsibility, leadership and citizenship. AAA provides an array of equipment and material, including electric-lime fluorescent belts, nickel plated steel badges and training for the AAA School Safety Patrollers. When properly uniformed and trained, they can assist their grade school classmates by ensuring their safety to and from school every day.

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.

Typically, teachers and principals appoint patrol members, who participate with parental approval. A teacher usually serves as the patrol advisor. Local law enforcement officers may also be involved with patrols. Click here to learn more.