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Hillsborough County Celebrates Student Safety Patrols

May 11, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Tampa, Fla. – (May 11, 2018) – Hillsborough County Public Schools, local law enforcement and community agencies will celebrate and thank thousands of elementary students who have helped keep their respective schools safe throughout the year.

Today, Friday, May 11, more than 4,000 fifth grade safety patrol students from across the district will gather at Edward Medard Park for the annual Mark Dafeldecker Safety Patrol Picnic. The event is from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 6140 Turkey Creek Rd, in eastern Hillsborough County.

It will be a day of fun in the sun for these elementary students. This year’s picnic chairwoman, Palm River Elementary Principal Dawn Stites, said the event rewards the patrol members for a job well done.

Safety patrol members, all fifth-graders, perform a number of duties at our elementary schools, such as helping students get on and off buses, keeping order in hallways, escorting special guests on campus, and helping kindergartners open their lunch items in the cafeteria.

The picnic is organized by the county’s elementary school principals with the help of businesses and government agencies. For the last decade the picnics have been named in memory of the late Mark Dafeldecker, a Northwest Elementary School principal who helped organize the events for many years.

Each of the students are treated to hot dogs, cool beverages and other treats during the picnic. In addition to hiking along Medard Park’s trails, students will enjoy entertainment from BAM and various other dance teams, and choral groups throughout Hillsborough County Schools. Members of the sheriff’s office and fire rescue also share safety demonstrations along with the HSCO helicopter, SWAT team, and the Horse Mounted Unit.

This event is supported by AAA, District Safety in the Division of Operations, The Arts Council, Strawbridge Photography, Hillsborough County firefighters, and a variety of other community agencies.


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