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AAA Mid-Atlantic and The Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education Honor Outstanding School Safety Patrol Student
Fifth grader from Freehold Township Honored
HAMILTON, NJ (May 3, 2019) – AAA Mid-Atlantic and The Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education will honor eight New Jersey students as Outstanding AAA School Safety Patrol Members for the 2018-2019 school year. Among those eight students is Nathan Raguseo, a fifth grader from Laura Donovan Elementary School in Freehold Township.
Raguseo was honored Wednesday, April 1, during a school assembly surrounded by all his teachers and classmates.
Nathan is described by his teachers as articulate, respectful and very hardworking. He is someone who takes his role as a patroller seriously and sets a positive example for his peers. During his first days as a patroller, Nathan saw a staff member struggling to lead a long line of kindergarten students at the end of the day. He recognized a need and requested to be assigned to assist this teacher in addition to the post he was already assigned.
As an Outstanding School Safety Patrol Member, Raguseo received a Visa Gift Card and a plaque in recognition of his accomplishments.
Pictured left to right: Jennifer Benbrook, Principal; Elisa Elman, LDS School Safety Patrol Advisor, Office Marty Buotote, Freehold Twp Police; Parents Katherine & Michael Raguseo; Nate Raguseo, award winner; Grandparents Dan & Christine Raguseo; Cathleen Rosen, LDS School Safety Patrol Advisor; Frank Neary, Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education.
For almost 100 years, AAA Mid-Atlantic has sponsored and provided major support for the AAA School Safety Patrol by supplying training materials, recognition programs for service, and patrol equipment, including the familiar badge and belt.
AAA School Safety Patrols direct children, not traffic. As school-age leaders in traffic safety, patrol members teach other students about traffic safety on a peer-to-peer basis. They also serve as role models for younger children. Patrols complete training in traffic safety so they can protect students from the hazards of crossing roads and highways on their way to and from school; assist bus drivers in safely transporting students to and from school; teach fellow students about traffic safety; and serve other leadership functions under the direction of school officials.
AAA provides automotive, travel and insurance services to 59 million members nationwide and nearly two million members in New Jersey. AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years. The not-for-profit, fully tax-paying member organization works on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. For more information, visit www.aaa.com.
The Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt, charitable organization dedicated to educating, training and raising the level of traffic and travel safety awareness for all. Our Foundation is funded by donations from AAA Members and the general public. For more information on our programs, events or to make a donation, visit AAA.com/Foundation