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Grand Forks Student Wins State AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year Award

Discovery Elementary' s Nolan Richau Recognized for Leadership in Support of Pedestrian Safety Program

AAA is proud to recognize and award Nolan Richau from Grand Forks' Discovery Elementary School with the AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year Award. Only one deserving patrol member per state wins the annual award.

The AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year Award recognizes the patroller who best exemplifies the leadership qualities, good citizenship, school involvement, and application of safety skills vital to effectively and responsibly wear the AAA School Safety Patrol badge. During the nomination process, students were carefully picked by their teacher, principal, or supervisor and then judged based on their performance with leadership qualities, safety skills, school involvement, and citizenship. The final stage of judging includes review of an essay that described, "How participating in the AAA School Safety Patrol™ program helped me become a better leader."

Gene LaDoucer, regional director of public affairs for AAA-The Auto Club Group presented Nolan with a plaque and $200 gift card during an assembly at the school this morning, May 31.

"Nolan was nominated by his advisor for unwavering dedication, leadership and communications skills, all of which are critical when dealing with student safety," said LaDoucer.

In his essay, Nolan stated he looked up to other patrollers in the school since he was in kindergarten and that "Whenever, wherever, however, I would do Safety Patrol - that is how much I love Safety Patrol.

"Being a member of the AAA Safety Patrol has helped me to learn more about my passions. It has helped me build relationships and friendships. It has helped me become a better leader in my school and community," wrote Nolan.

For more than 100 years, AAA clubs have proudly sponsored, promoted and aided AAA School Safety Patrol programs as a community service in the interest of safety for all schoolchildren. Each year, the program includes more than 679,000 children participating at 35,000 schools across the country.