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AAA Tidewater Recognizes the BEST School Safety Patrollers for 2015

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., (May 6, 2015) – AAA Tidewater Virginia will honor ten outstanding students at the 17th annual AAA Tidewater Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.  The awards will be presented at an event on Friday, June 5th at the Lake Wright Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia.

AAA has been the proud sponsor of the AAA School Safety Patrol™ for over 90 years.  Since the first local AAA School Safety Patrol™ was formed in Norfolk in 1930, AAA Tidewater Virginia has sought to recognize Safety Patrol members for their hard work and exceptional service.  AAA chooses students for the Safety Patrol Hall of Fame based on their traffic safety knowledge and job performance.

This year a total of 19 students were nominated from 10 area elementary schools in Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The students chosen for the Hall of Fame will be recognized for their dedication to keeping their fellow students safe as they travel to and from school each day. The recognition comes with a plaque for the school they attend, and a $50.00 Visa® gift card and movie passes for each student.

In addition, from the Hall of Fame inductees each year, AAA chooses one exceptional student as the Patroller of the Year.  This student exemplifies the highest level of dedication and service as a Patroller. This year’s recipient is Mia Lai of Thalia Elementary in Virginia Beach, VA. “Mia Lai has proven to be vigilant and diligent in her duties as a safety patroller. She shows exemplary leadership skills,” said Katharine Beachboard, Community Educator for AAA Tidewater Virginia.

AAA congratulates the 2014-2015 Safety Patrol Hall of Fame Winners and all of the students who participated in the Safety Patrol Program this year.  The AAA Tidewater School Safety Patrol™ program is active in 142 schools with over 3,278 students participating this year.

This year’s students to be inducted into the Safety Patrol Hall of Fame for 2014-2015 are:

Jamonte Baines of Pungoteague Elementary in Melfa, VA

Maggy Anderson of Greenwood Elementary in Newport News, VA

Madelyn Goyet of Green Run Elementary in Virginia Beach, VA

Elizabeth Cashwell of Woodstock Elementary in Virginia Beach, VA

Jahfari Francis of Cedar Road Elementary in Chesapeake, VA

Imani Belcher of Tarrant Elementary in Hampton, VA

Colby Adams of Shelton Park Elementary in Virginia Beach, VA

Olivia Schultz of Abingdon Elementary in Hayes, VA

Ally Locke of Portsmouth Christian School in Portsmouth, VA

Mia Lai of Thalia Elementary in Virginia Beach, VA – Patroller of the Year

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AAA Tidewater Virginia is a member club affiliated with the American Automobile Association (AAA) national federation and serves members in the Tidewater Virginia region (All Hampton Roads cities, including Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg; Virginia's Eastern Shore; as well as the following counties: Greensville, Surry, Brunswick, Isle of Wight, Gloucester, Lancaster, Middlesex, Richmond County, Southampton, Sussex, Mecklenburg, James City County, York, Lunenburg, Essex, King & Queen, Mathews, Northumberland, and Westmoreland).