WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 18, 2021) AAA congratulates Daisy Casey, a South San Francisco, CA student at Martin Elementary School, for being named the 2021 AAA School Safety Patrol’s National Patroller of the Year. An academically talented student, Daisy has undergone a complete transformation since joining the AAA School Safety Patrol. She went from having selective mutism, a childhood anxiety disorder that prevented her from speaking freely, to talking with her teachers and classmates. Her newfound confidence motivated her to create safety videos for school announcements and become a young agent-for-change in her community.
“AAA School Safety Patrol has changed me and my life for the better,” said Casey. “In the past, I have never talked to anyone. Participating in my AAA School Safety Patrol has helped me to become a better leader by pushing me to become more confident in myself.”
Recently, Daisy had the chance to address San Francisco Mayor London Breed about Martin Elementary School’s efforts to create a statewide Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day. Bridges was only six years old when in November 1960, she became the first Black student to integrate an elementary school in the South. Along with other Martin Elementary School students, Daisy’s goal is to create a nationwide movement to honor the civil rights icon while promoting respect and equal treatment for students of all backgrounds.
“I’m absolutely amazed, and in awe, with the hard work the students at Martin Elementary have put into pursuing Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day,” said Ms. Bridges. “I’ve seen hope in the young people I’ve met. People like Daisy Casey who are carving their own paths and leading the charge to make a better world.”
More than 679,000 students in 35,000 schools across the country participate in the AAA School Safety Patrol program, which is celebrating its centennial anniversary. Students like Daisy Casey represent the very best of this program and use their leadership skills to create an environment where all students are welcome and safe.
AAA provides more than 62 million members with automotive, travel, insurance and financial services through its federation of 30 motor clubs and more than 1,000 branch offices across North America. Since 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for safe mobility. Drivers can request roadside assistance, identify nearby gas prices, locate discounts, book a hotel or map a route via the AAA Mobile app. To join, visit AAA.com.