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Fort Lewis girl is a safety patrol star

Post by Debby Abe on April 21, 2009 at 2:54 pm with No Comments »
April 21, 2009 2:54 pm

At just 11 years old, Brooke Bowman already is a hall-of-famer.

The Evergreen Elementary School fifth-grader is among a distinguished group of 10 kids statewide who have been inducted into the AAA Washington Safety Patrol Hall of Fame for their safety patrol prowess.

Brooke is a safety patrol captain at Evergreen, a Clover Park School District school on Fort Lewis. She’s the daughter of Sgt. 1st Class Mark and Jennifer Bowman. She’s the third Evergreen student inducted into the Hall of Fame, following in the steps of Oralia Rodriguez in 2007 and Dylan Rochan in 2006.

"Brooke is a wonderful advocate and role model for Evergreen students," said safety patrol advisor Dawnise Johnson, who nominated Brooke for the award. "She has boundless energy and a strong commitment to safety and community service. Her organizational skills, leadership and dedication make her very deserving of this honor."

Johnson says Brooke is so organized, she created a contingency plan in case she’s ever late for safety patrol duty.

Besides holding the patrol flag across the crosswalk for pedestrians, safety patrol kids also watch the kindergartners as they line up outside classrooms before school starts. That’s one of the duties Brooke enjoys the most because it allows her to see what kids of different ages like to do.

"We try to entertain them while they’re waiting for their teacher to come get them," Brooke said in an interview. "We try to interact with them so they don’t get too wild or crazy."

But there’s more to Brooke than safety patrol. She practices ice skating every morning before she comes to school. She’s also a wheelchair driver – a trained student who helps classmates in wheelchairs navigate Evergreen’s hallways and playground. Many special needs students attend Evergreen, which is near Madigan Army Medical Center.

To become a driver, Bowman passed a written test and driving test developed by the school.

Not everyone can be on safety patrol. Students must be recommended by a teacher. Three squads of 12 students each serve on the safety patrol team, which promotes leadership and responsibility.

Brooke and her fellow inductees will be honored at a Mariners game against the Oakland Athletics on May 1.

But unlike those baseball heroes batting in the .300s in the Cooperstown version of the Hall of Fame, Brooke has a perfect record.

She’s never missed a day of safety patrol duty in two years, Johnson said.

"I enjoy helping younger kids at my school and making sure they are safe," Brooke said. "Contributing my time and talents to help others is very important to me."

Debby Abe: 253-597-8694

Brooke Bowman, newly inducted into AAA Washington Safety Patrol Hall of Fame
Brooke Bowman stands outside Evergreen Elementary School on Fort Lewis. Photo credit: Clover Park School District

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