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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
June 1, 2006

School Patrol Awards

I was very pleased to attend the School Patrol Awards at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Over 500 students were on hand for the event, representing each of Winnipeg's school divisions. The Winnipeg police department awarded 10 elementary schools with prizes for being the top patrol teams in their division. Four other trophies were awarded to the top patrol teams overall.

Mr. Speaker, the event was special recognition for the over 8,000 Grades 5 and 6 students in 188 schools city-wide that participated in patrols. As a former patrol myself, I know that rain or shine these students work as a team to look out for the safety of their peers and the community at large.

Mr. Speaker, I would especially like to congratulate the patrols at Greenway School in my constituency of Wolseley who received the first-place award for their division. It is especially fitting that Greenway School was awarded the top prize because 70 years ago Greenway teacher Louise Staples launched the first school patrol program in the history of Canada.

Also, at the awards we were very pleased to hear a presentation by a gentleman who in 1936 actually served as a member of the first school patrol team at Greenway, under the direction of Ms. Staples.

Mr. Speaker, I congratulate all of Winnipeg school patrols for their efforts to ensure the safety of their fellow citizens. I would like to thank the Winnipeg Police Service in particular for putting on this important event and all of the teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers who work behind the scenes supporting our school patrols.

Thank you.