One of the parents at North Lee recognized a security concern for the patrol students in the early morning hours. The students were assisting with the unloading of students during early morning hours and they needed to be more visible. The parent works with the security division of the Cintas Corporation and he approached his supervisor and expressed the concern. His supervisor then decided to purchase high-visibility vests in youth sizes for the team.
The students are now able to be clearly seen during the predawn hours and this will help keep them safe when the time change occurs. The company also donated several high-visibility traffic cones to be used for various morning events around the school as well.
The safety patrol is an integral part of the North Lee community. This group, made up of 63 fifth-grade students divided into three teams, assists in the morning with getting more than 400 other students safely into the building from the school bus or from the students' cars. These students, who are selected based on an application process and teacher recommendations, also help load students back into their vehicles at the end of the day.
North Lee and the safety patrol expressed thanks to the Cintas Corporation, Scott Smith, and David O'Boyle for their generous donation and concern for students.