Thursday, March 7, 2013

Emerson School Safety Patrol in Erie PA

I was a member of the School Safety Patrol during the 1975-76 school year. I had a sweet spot guarding the boulevard at 10th and Cascade, in sight of Emerson Elementary School. Had we not moved to the other side of town, I would have played the coveted role of Captain of the Patrol. We had to turn in our belts and badges at the end of the school year, but we did receive a membership card and a tiny replica of the School Safety Patrol badge. I still have mine somewhere. The ultimate goal was to have a perfect record and win a safety pennant, and a group photo of the patrol members would printed in the Erie Daily Times.

The Patrol Member's Pledge was printed on the back of the membership card.
I promise to do my best to...
Report for duty on time
Perform my duties faithfully
Strive to prevent accidents, always setting a good example myself
Obey my teachers and officers of the patrol
Report dangerous practices of students
Strive to earn the respect of fellow-students

I can't recall the last time I saw children wearing the patrol belts. I only seem to see adults positioned on a corner near the school, wearing an orange vest and holding a stop sign. 

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  1. Judy Foster HendrixMarch 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Thank you for triggering a memory. I was a crossing guard in the Spring of 1951 at 37th and Holland in front of Jefferson School.

  2. Nice to have run across this; I was a School Safety Guard @ Lincoln Ave & Woodland Ave., right next to Harding Elementary in '65. Fun time, except for when the wind came up the hill on Lincoln in the Winter!

  3. coincidences: I was a patrol at Lincoln Ave and 8th Street for Harding in '65. I was a teacher's aide for Mrs. Mackie sometime in the early 70's.