Broad View Elementary 5th grader Carly VanGiesen, left, poses with the Mariners Moose at Safeco Field, where she was inducted into the 2017 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame May 20. Photo provided.

Local student makes Safety Patrol Hall of Fame

CARLY VANGIESEN, a 5th grader at Broad View Elementary, was inducted into the 2017 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame May 20. VanGiesen was recognized for her dedication to safety, community stewardship, leadership in her school’s AAA Safety Patrol program and the motivation to help keep students and parents safe as they walk or ride their bikes to and from school.

VanGiesen is seen by fellow patrollers and classmates as a role model because she leads by example, is dependable, always willing to jump in and help others and provides positive support to younger students and new school patrollers.

VanGiesen was joined by nine other outstanding patrollers from other elementary schools in Washington State at an awards ceremony held before a Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field.

For more than 25 years, AAA Washington and a panel of judges from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission select top patrollers from elementary schools in Washington each year and honor their accomplishments through induction in the AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.

Patrollers are evaluated and judged on their commitment to traffic safety, citizenship, leadership skills and contributions to school safety patrol programs. Nominations require input from both the patroller and their advisor, including responses to a series of essay questions.