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WDC school patrol proud of their work

The Wadena-Deer Creek School Patrols for the 2010-11 school year include, (front, l-r): Kate Schmidt, Madison Phillips, Kate Fillhouer, Kirstan Finn, Lila Lohmiller and Dawson Gniffke; (back) Mitchel Haman, Andrew Sundby, Lindy Jones, Noah Ross, Thomas Quincer, Jackson Boline and Preston Warren.

Armed with orange flags and yellow vests, the Wadena-Deer Creek School Patrol takes great pride in helping students of all ages, as well as parents, staff and the public, cross school intersections safely.

In fact, their role is even more important this school year due to the challenges of more pedestrians and traffic with high school students located at M State.

"They are very important because they assist people and children to safely cross the busy streets before and after school," said Jodee Finn, who serves as the WDC School Patrol advisor. Finn also teaches fifth grade at WDC Elementary.

To become a school patrol, Finn said students must fill out an application form and attend a try-out day in the spring of their fourth-grade year. Finn also asks for input for school patrol candidates from fourth-grade teachers. Before school starts in the fall, those selected for school patrol attend a training camp with Wadena City Police Chief Bruce Uselman and Finn.

WDC fifth-grader Lila Lohmiller feels like she is making a difference as a school patrol.

"I like being a school patrol because I help people be safe," she said.