QUEBEC, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of its School Safety Patrol
Program, which has just completed its 78th year, CAA-Quebec this morning
proudly awarded the title of School Safety Patroller of the Year to Jessica
Laroche of Ecole Victor-Rousselot in Montreal.
"Jessica is always so kind with all the students, which makes it easier
for them to respect the safety rules she explains to them," notes Michèle
Debroux, CAA-Quebec's Assistant Manager, Traffic Safety. "This year is Road
Safety Year in Quebec, so it was doubly important that we reward the efforts
of this young 6th-grade patroller, who works so hard every day to help keep
her fellow students safe."
This year, about 100 schools took part in the seventh edition of the
School Safety Patroller of the Year contest. Each school selects its top
patroller and submits that child's name as its sole candidate. The winner of
the title is then determined by random draw, since all of the finalist
patrollers are equally deserving of the honour.
The School Safety Patrol Program has the support of the Société de
l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), which views it as a fine way to
promote safety among young students and reach its objectives in that area.
"The CAA-Quebec School Safety Patrol Program is now 78 years old," Ms. Debroux
explains. "Once again this year, over 1,000 elementary schools took part, and
approximately 30,000 students served as patrollers during the school year,
continuing to help make the vicinity of their school a safer place." A study
has shown that, with a safety patroller present, the proportion of
schoolchildren who cross the street without checking for oncoming traffic is
reduced to 17% from 68%.
CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides
automotive, travel, residential and financial services, benefits and
privileges to its 900,000 members.
For further information:
For further information: Montreal: Roxanne Héroux, (514) 861-7111, ext.
3210; Quebec: Sophie Gagnon, (418) 624-2424, ext. 232