From humble beginnings as a small, boys-only initiative in 1920, the AAA School Safety Patrol has grown to over 675,000 patrollers – boys and girls – in 35,000 schools. The AAA School Safety Patrol program is the world’s largest school-based safety program – instilling lessons of good citizenship, leadership and responsibility. Today, these young leaders dedicate their time before, during and after school each day, working with teachers, supervisors, adult crossing guards and law enforcement to ensure the safety of their classmates.
Past patrollers have grown up to be U.S. presidents/vice presidents (Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Joe Biden), astronauts, governors, members of Congress and Supreme Court justices, as well as Olympic Gold medalists. Many patrollers also now serve as educators, executives, physicians and other community leaders throughout the nation.
Nov. 14 is Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day, a student-led movement started by AAA School Safety Patrollers! The annual walk honors the first day of school in 1960 for Ruby Bridges, who was one of the first Black children to integrate an all-white school in Louisiana. Last year, 340,000 students across 49 states, the District of Columbia, and international locations participated in the walk. Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day started in 2018 when a group of 5th-grade Patrollers learned about Ruby’s story and sought to build a nationwide movement to act as a day of dialogue about issues that are important to them.