Prince Albert safety patrollers headed to jamboree

Jodi Schellenberg
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Students who are making the streets safe for others are now being honoured for their great volunteer work.

On Tuesday, two members of the Prince Albert Optimist Club presented a cheque for $1,000 to the students headed to the School Safety Patrol Jamboree in Regina on Thursday. In the photo, Optimist vice president Jim Nicholson, Turgeon student Annakah Ratt, St Francis students Bea Evanelista and Emily and Holy Cross students Emily Lafreniere and Brook Grimard.

A group of six safety patrollers from three Prince Albert schools -- including St. Francis, Turgeon and Holy Cross -- will be headed to the 24th annual CAA School Safety Patrol Jamboree in Regina Thursday to Saturday.

In order to make the jamboree a reality, the students received a $1,000 donation from the Prince Albert Optimist Club on Tuesday.

“They are very excited to be able to go and attend the jamboree,” said Shelley Krammer, safety patroller co-ordinator for St. Francis School.

The jamboree costs $157.50 per person. The three chaperones are covered by CAA, but the students are not, which is where the Optimists come in.

“We have always helped the safety patrollers over the years, giving $1,000,” said Jim Nicholson, vice president of the Optimists. “We sort of budget $1,000 for the safety patrolling but this is the first time in two years that any of them have come to ask for it.”

The club members are happy to help out young people, since their motto is “Friend of Youth.”

“It is nice to come and see the faces that you are helping,” Nicholson said. “It is exciting for us, there is no question about it … if anyone in the area sees Optimists raising money help us because this is where it goes to.”

The students attending the jamboree have to be in at least their second year of safety patrolling, Krammer said.

“Basically students are chosen based on their dedication to helping other fellow students cross the street and being safe when they are crossing the street,” she said.

The jamboree will start on Thursday, with registration and a kick off being held at the Travelodge.

“There are about 120 students and chaperones from different school in Saskatchewan that meet down in Regina,” Krammer said. “It is basically two days. It starts Thursday night, goes all day on Friday and is done about noon on Saturday.”

Throughout the jamboree, students will enjoy activities, such as swimming, entertainment and will visit the Legislative Buildings, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Government House, RCMP Heritage Centre and the Science Centre.

“It is going to be a great time and I wish that I was going,” Krammer said. “It is very exciting and the kids are anxious to go.

“All the other kids that do safety patrol, it is kind of an encouragement for them next year because we are looking for kids to go next year as well,” she added.

Krammer said this has been her first year co-ordinating the safety patrollers at St. Francis.

“It has been a good experience and we are thankful for the Optimist Club for donating the $1,000 for the student to be able to attend the jamboree,” she said. “They are very excited and have been anxious since January when these kids were told they were going.”

All the patrollers, who love helping others, are looking forward to attending the jamboree.

Emily, a two-year safety patroller from St. Francis, is excited “to meet new people and tour the places.”

Another safety patroller from Holy Cross, Brook Grimard, is also looking forward to touring some of the sites.

“The Science Centre -- I’ve never been to it,” Grimard said. “That’s why I am excited to go.”

Organizations: Prince Albert, CAA School Safety Patrol Jamboree, Francis School CAA Travelodge Royal Saskatchewan Museum Government House RCMP Heritage Centre Science Centre

Geographic location: Regina, Saskatchewan

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