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CAA Celebrates A Teacher in Guelph

A dedicated volunteer is praised for his efforts to keep kids safe in school zones

From the left: a Guelph police officer wearing his black uniform and hat with red and gold police emblem; Robert Graham, winner of the CAA School Safety Patrol Supervisor Award, wearing a green polo and beige khaki pants, holding a triangular glass trophy and a plaque; a woman wearing  a grey and white speckled shirt and a black blazer; a Guelph police officer wearing her uniform and hat with red and gold police emblem as well as a chest protector with a radio, walkie-talkie, flashlight and keys. Behind them is a white brick wall and a dark blue and white CAA School Safety Patrol banner.

CAA is proud to announce that Robert Graham of Brant Avenue Public School is the 2021/2022 CAA School Safety Patrol Supervisor of the Year.

The teacher from Guelph is being recognized for his outstanding efforts to keep children safe while they commute to and from school.

Filling a vital role

Graham oversees student Patrollers at Brant Avenue Public School.

He joined the program during the height of the pandemic, when many schools were forced to suspend the program.

Constable Sherry Pettapiece of Guelph Police Services says those were challenging months and praises Graham’s commitment to students.

Exceptional efforts

Pettapiece says Graham often goes above and beyond his duties as a Patrol Supervisor.

He organizes community events and even designed a custom hat for Patrollers featuring the school’s mascot, the Brant Bear.

He also patrols high-traffic areas alongside student volunteers, despite cold temperatures, and serves as a role model.

“He is kind, humble and definitely a leader and a problem solver for students,” Pettapiece says.

Award winner

For his hard work, Graham received a personalized trophy and free CAA Plus Membership, while his school was gifted $1,000 to use towards the CAA School Safety Patrol program.

Founded in 1929, the CAA School Safety Patrol program is a partnership between police, school boards, teachers, bus consortiums and student volunteers. It's active in about 800 Ontario schools with more than 20,000 student Patrollers.

For more information on the CAA School Safety Patrol program, visit caaschoolsafetypatrol.com.

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