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North Dakota's Patroller Of The Year

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   A Grand Forks student was honored today for his part in a program, designed to prevent school accidents.  The "AAA” honored Camden Larsen as North Dakota’s patroller of the year today for his work as a crossing guard.

Camden Larsen: “Anna can you please have Brooke move up a step?”

  Fifth-grader Camden Larsen takes his job very seriously. He tells me he’s been in the crossing guard business for a long time now… all the way back to 3rd grade.

Camden Larsen: “We find radios more efficient than speaking verbally, because when all the cars come around here at 8, you’ll see traffic jams.”

  Sheriff bob Rost has been in the crossing guard business a big longer. He’s been volunteering as a crossing guard and organizing parent crossing guards at Grand Forks Schools since the early 1990’s.

Bob Rost, GF Sheriff: “I can honestly say that I’m probably doing what I am today, because I was a crossing guard.”

  This year, Rost started using students as part of the crossing guard program here at Kelly School. He says   the program keeps kids safe during the morning rush and gives them a positive experience with law enforcement, and positive outlook on life.

Camden Larsen: “I’m trying to choose careers ore in the helping people…. Police officer, doctor, something like that.”

  Today, Larsen received AAA’s Patroller of the year award, along with a one year pass to a local water park. All 9 students, who participated in the crossing guard program received awards for their service    .

Gene LaDoucer, AAA North Dakota: “Leadership and responsibility, community involvement skills, these are things that are important, life long lessons.”

Camden Larsen: “This is our full staff, we have a couple of other people.”

  …lessons that Camden Larsen takes to heart.

    Kelly School is the first school in Grand Forks to include students in its crossing guard program. Superintendent Larry Nyblad says, they’re looking at using students in all of their crossing guard programs.

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