School patrol plays an important role at WDC
Armed with orange flags bearing the stop sign and bright-yellow vests, the Wadena‐Deer Creek Elementary School Patrol takes great pride in helping students, staff, parents and the public cross school intersections safely before and after school.
“They are very important because they assist people and children to safely cross the busy streets before and after school,” said Jodee Severson, who serves as the WDC School Patrol advisor. Severson also teaches third grade at WDC Elementary.
The school patrollers are fourth-graders who work in two-week shifts. They are on their posts both in the morning before school and at the end of the school day. “They are like the mail carriers—out in any kind of weather!” Severson said. However, when the temperatures are too cold for school patrollers, they help supervise students in the gym before school starts.
Students work in teams and have the same partner all year. Severson said there are rewards for the students’ hard work and dedication. During the winter, they have a swim/pizza party and in the spring of the year, the patrollers get to attend a Minnesota Twins game. The cost of the game is covered by the school and several area service groups.
To become a school patrol, Severson said students must fill out an application form and attend a tryout day in the spring. Severson also asks for input for school patrol candidates from teachers.
The school patrol team for the 2018-19 school year are: Addison Fink, Aubrey Leeseberg, Ava Hall, Ben Kreklau, Bianca Weber, Chloe Philippy, Emma Weniger, Jenna Yglesias, Leah Kircher, Logan Seelhammer, Madison Schmitz, Mari Koone, Miles Self, Morgan Pichardo, Naveya McManigle, Noah Drange, Payton Gravelle and Samuel Church.