Dodson Elementary student wins outstanding school safety award


WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — One school in our area is rewarding students who keep other students safe. Eyewitness News reporter Anja Whitehead takes us to Dodson Elementary for a special ceremony.

Kaylyn Dougherty looks like your typical 6th-grader, but teachers say she’s a standout student.

“Kaylyn maintains a great grade point average. She’s always very helpful for everything in class. Very helpful with the younger students if we have free time and she’s finished with her work, she’ll go down to help kindergarten and first-grade students. Help out students. She just goes above and beyond,” Megan Peters, 6th-grade math teacher at Dodson Elementary said.

Here at Dodson Elementary School, they like to reward students who go above and beyond, like Dougherty.

“Our patrol program is about 30 or 40 kids. Teachers will send me a list of names and then what we do is we partner them with 6th-graders now this year. We have kids that are bus patrol,” Peters said.

Safety patrol officers are 6th-grade students who are given a number of responsibilities that Dougherty handled with grace.

“6th-grade is a rough year. There’s a lot of issues going on. They’re still finding themselves, and at our school, we go up to 6th-grade, so they are the head honchos of the group. And how can I put it, she just stands out in a way where she doesn’t have to stand out,” Peters said.

Peters knew Kaylyn was the perfect fit for the award.

“She was fantastic, she was always at her post,” Peters said. “She would pick up kids, take them to the bus. Bus E. Kindergarten and first-grade she’d pick up. She was there every day.”

As for Kaylyn, she’s always happy to help.

“I put them on their bus and help out with them. And help their teachers,” Kaylyn Dougherty, award recipient said. “I had fun and it was nice enough because I wanted to work with little kids. And when I got to high school, I can give the 5th-graders my patrol badge.”

Out of dozens of students, the AAA Outstanding School Safety Patrol Award only goes to one student each year.

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