CPSD student, paraeducator receive statewide safety patrol honors

Dower Elementary fifth-grader Kloe Salazar and Hillside Elementary paraeducator Marie Lanham were recently honored for their work with safety patrol. Salazar is one of 10 students in the state to be inducted into the AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame. Lanham was recognized as the 2016 Safety Patrol Advisor of the Year.

“It’s unique to have both a student and advisor from the same district inducted into the AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame,” said AAA Traffic Safety Programs manager Daniel Coon.

Salazar was nominated by Dower’s safety patrol advisors Ava Mason and Tami Shadduck and had to answer questions and complete an essay. Out of the 45 patrollers submitted, Salazar was one of 10 selected for the hall of fame.

“Students are usually very responsive to safety and the safety patrol program provides them with their first chance in a leadership role,” said Coon.

Lanham was in safety patrol when she was a student and has been Hillside’s safety patrol advisor since 2000. Coon said they’ve known about Lanham’s work for years and she’s really the backbone of Hillside’s safety patrol program.

“The safety of our students is my number one priority,” said Lanham. “I was very surprised and humbled to receive this recognition.”

Both Salazar and Lanham were recognized during the May 14 Seattle Mariners game.

Hillside Elementary paraeducator Marie Lanham (front row) and Dower Elementary fifth-grader Kloe Salazar (third from right) were both inducted into the AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame during the May 14 Seattle Mariners game. Photo credit: Don Lanham