Jan. 29, 2007

LP Legion works with school patrol to promote safety

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

Every morning and afternoon, in all weather conditions, the Lester Prairie School patrol is out helping to ensure the safety of students as they travel to and from school.

On many of these occasions, they have been joined by Roland Bruckschen, a member of Ray Kirkpatrick American Legion Post 463.

Bruckschen said the Legion sponsors and provides training for the school patrol.

It also takes the members of the patrol out for lunch at the Central Cafe each year in appreciation.

The week of Feb. 4 is National School Patrol Week, Bruckschen said.

The Legion and the patrol work together for student safety.

Bruckschen said when the patrol is on duty, he likes to stand near one of the patrol members and wave to drivers as they pass by.

“If they wave back, I know they can see me, and if they can see me, they can see the patrol,” Bruckschen commented.

He said that the Lester Prairie Police Department has also taken an active role in supporting the patrol.

Police Chief Bob Carlson can often be seen nearby, making sure that the students are safe.

“The police department is very helpful, and it does make a difference. They provide a very visible presence,” Bruckschen said, adding that when people see the squad car, they do take notice.

The school patrol is a voluntary program, and currently, 31 sixth grade students are participating.

Bruckschen said this represents about 75 percent of those eligible.

The Legion provides safety training for all students who participate in the program at the beginning of each school year.

It also provides sponsorship for two fifth-grade captains to attend one week of summer training camp each year.

Bruckschen said he has been involved with the school patrol for many years, but has decided that this will be his last.

“It has been a very rewarding experience, but it is time to let someone else take over,” Bruckschen commented.

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