Presentation was made today during School Awards Assembly

22 May 2019

DEARBORN, Mich., (May 22, 2019) — Max Klein, a St. Augustine Catholic School sixth-grader, was presented with the 2019 AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year Award. The presentation was made today during a School Awards Assembly at St. Augustine. Max was selected from over 28,000 patrollers in over 925 schools across Michigan. AAA representatives Bill Mazzola, AAA Field Sales Manager, Boyd Grove, Richmond Sales Agent and Gary Bubar, Public Affairs Specialist were on hand to present the award.

Each year, AAA is proud to recognize and award the AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year.  Only one deserving patrol member per state earns this annual award.  AAA - The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation is proud to fund the AAA School Safety Patrol program in Michigan.  Max was presented with a full-color granite plaque along with Detroit Tigers tickets during the school-wide presentation. The school also received $100 worth of AAA School Safety Patrol materials.

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. During the nomination process, students were carefully picked by their teacher, principal, or supervisor and then judged based on their performance with leadership qualities, safety skills, school involvement, and citizenship.

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. There are currently 27,944 patrollers in 925 schools throughout Michigan. 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.


AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary - A Century of Service in 2016 and has over 1.4 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG).  Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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