The North Carolina Central University School of Education, in partnership with University Police, will introduce Project SAFE – Safety Awareness from Eagles — to Durham Public Schools within a four-mile radius of the NCCU campus.
Project SAFE implements the American Automobile Association School Safety Patrol Program. The program will raise the awareness of safety; provide a safe school environment and a safer community. The program also instills an attitude of service in children at an early age. NCCU Police Department members will serve as trainers and work with the student patrollers throughout the year, making frequent visits to support the patrollers while on duty and for monthly meetings.
“Working with the School Safety Patrol Program is a great opportunity to instill character development at a vital age,” said NCCU Police Lieutenant Charles Simpson. “As law enforcement officers, we are always eager and willing to assist in building the next generation of extraordinary citizens.”
The program will begin May 23 with the induction of 23 students at Spring Valley Elementary School, followed by 14 Fayetteville Street Elementary School students on June 3. The fourth graders inducted this summer will begin serving as patrollers in the coming school year. Each year, NCCU plans to add another school to the program.
“This creates a service-learning project for our education majors over the summer and during the academic year,” said Dr. Cheresa Clemons, assistant professor in the School of Education. NCCU students will volunteer hours mentoring and working with the students while on patrol post and in their team-building projects. “We also hope this project will help create future teachers and law enforcement officers that give back to their community and society,” Clemons said.
All media are invited to the Fayetteville Street Elementary induction ceremony on June 3 at 9:30 a.m. The event will include local and state law enforcement agency representatives, government officials, university representatives and NCCU students. The program is made possible by a grant from the Walmart Foundation and Facility # 4369 Local Community Contribution/Hunger Outreach Grant Program.