By Kalinowski, Tim on January 29, 2020.
Local school safety patrollers had an exclusive opportunity to skate with the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Tuesday morning at the Enmax Centre.
The event was co-sponsored by the Alberta Motor Association and the Hurricanes to thank local students for stepping up to ensure their classmates get to school safely every day.
“Their volunteerism in this community is really important,” said AMA School Safety Patrol co-ordinator Allison Purcell-Pike. “It’s important that they are out there every single day keeping kids safe when they are crossing to and from school.”
Purcell-Pike said members of the Lethbridge Police Service were also on hand to help the kids celebrate with their heroes, the Hurricanes. This way, she said, there were two local groups of heroes present to help inspire the children to think about their own potential contributions to the community as they grow, and to say thank you for the safety patrollers’ current efforts.
“It’s our local community heroes coming together to really celebrate the hard work of these kids,” she said.
“It’s the little things in the world that count,” agreed Const. Steve Veale of the Lethbridge Police Service’s school resource officer unit, who donned skates and a helmet to take to the ice with the kids, “and the people who participate in the program want to keep the streets safe, and their fellow students safe. They’re good citizens, and they want to give back to the public. So we are here to say thank you for that.”
Hurricanes co-captain Ty Prefontaine patiently signed autographs for a long line of eager safety patrollers. He said he and his teammates appreciated the kids’ enthusiasm.
“It’s awesome to see,” he said, “and it’s always fun when the kids are running around, having fun, racing us, and they always are smiling … It’s really impressive these kids are all safety patrollers.”
St. Patrick Fine Arts School Grade 6 student Justin Oresanya couldn’t get enough of the event.
“It’s really exciting because you get to skate with all these nice hockey players,” he said, “and I think it’s cool they take the time out of their busy lives to come and see the kids and have some fun with them.”
Oresanya said he knew the importance of his job as a safety patroller.
“I think it’s cool because we get to stop the traffic with this red sign,” he said, “and I get to help most kids cross the road.”
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