STUDENT Spotlight
Jarrell Simpkins, Safety Patroller

Student Spotlight is a regularly-updated feature that highlights Baltimore County Public Schools students involved in a wide range of activities and programs. Spotlighted students receive and answer a series of questions through which they share their experiences. In this Student Spotlight, Jarrell Simpkins, a Grade 5 student at Lansdowne Elementary School, discusses his experiences on the school safety patrol. (To see more student spotlights, click here.) Student Spotlight

What is the Safety Patrol?
Safety Patrol is an organization that protects students from dangerous situations at school.

Why did you join the Safety Patrol?
I joined the Safety Patrol because I like to help people and I wanted to help keep people safe.

When did you join the Safety Patrol?
I was nominated for Safety Patrol at the end of Grade 4 and became a member when I began Grade 5. Safety Patrol is for Grade 5 students only.

How did you become a safety patroller?
My Grade 4 teachers nominated me, and I passed the Safety Patrol test.

What do you do as a member of the Safety Patrol?
My post is at the crosswalk, and my duty is to make sure that students cross safely across the bus loop.

What is the most challenging part of being a safety patroller?
The most challenging parts are being aware of activity around you at all times and making sure that everyone is being safe.

What advice do you have for other aspiring Safety Patrol students?
My advice is to work hard in school and get good grades, follow school rules and be kind to your peers.

In what other ways are you a leader in your school?
I am a leader in that I am kind to others and encourage other students to calm down when they start getting angry.

What are your hopes for this school year?
I want to successfully move on to middle school next year. Right now, I have a passing grade in all subjects and an A in math. I would like to raise all my grades to A’s. I know this means that I will have to work hard at home and at school!

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