A cadre of 21 fourth, fifth and sixth graders at Alexander Henderson Elementary School were sworn in Friday as school patrol officers, dedicating themselves to watching the halls of their school during their lunch breaks.
Acting Police Commissioner Henry White Jr. swore in the members of the patrol, with the help of Gov. John deJongh Jr. The students took their oath in front of parents, faculty and government officials at Henderson’s auditorium,
The governor said the students “represent the best of St. Croix and the Virgin Islands.”
"We have a new generation of young people who are ready to stand up, take charge and be responsible, as witnessed by these fine young people being honored here today," deJongh said. "I am so proud of them for working with their peers to instill positive values in their school and community. Programs like this one are tremendous examples of how we are building character in our young people and developing our future leaders.”
The governor told the students and their families that by assuming the responsibility of being a school patrol officer, they are demonstrating the hallmark of leadership. Each student received a certificate of appreciation from the governor.
“The commitment you have made to your school is the first of many you will make as your educations and then careers progress,” deJongh said.
Six of the school patrol officers were also recognized for their achievement in becoming certified in First Aid and CPR. Three of the students sworn in are from George’s Academy.