Matula fifth grader receives outstanding safety patrol award

Matula fifth grader receives outstanding safety patrol award


Daniel Seyler, a fifth-grade student at Mary H. Matula Elementary School, was recently named an Outstanding School Safety Patrol Award recipient by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education and the American Automobile Association (AAA). Award recipients are nominated by their schools and recognized for excelling in the areas of leadership, dependability and academics. Seyler is one of 13 students from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area selected for the award this year.

Seyler was nominated for the award by Matula Vice Principal Jean Ritter for serving as a role model for his peers and for demonstrating outstanding behavior, academic achievement and personal responsibility. Safety patrols are selected annually among fifth graders who school administrators believe would best represent their schools, and handle all tasks associated with the position. For his leadership skills and commitment to personal responsibility, Seyler stands out among his classmates.

“Daniel has always completed his patrol duties in an exemplary manner. He supports the school community by making sure students are departing the school in a safe and orderly fashion,” Ritter said in a nomination letter. Additionally, Seyler is attentive and shows genuine concern for his peers.

As a patrol, Seyler is tasked with ensuring that all classes have left the school building in the afternoon before buses can leave for their routes. He always reports to his patrol post on time and often rewards his peers with Dolphin Dollars for demonstrating good behavior in the hallways at dismissal time. He is respectful to students and staff at all times and is always ready to take on additional responsibilities when necessary.

Seyler maintains honor roll grades and according to Charles Larkin, a science teacher at Matula, Seyler is a role model student. “Daniel shows respectful behavior and responsibility in his duty as patrol as well as his personal and academic conduct as a student. He is always willing to help when called upon in the classroom,” Larkin wrote in a nomination letter.

In addition to serving as a school safety patrol, Seyler is a member of Destination Imagination, and enjoys writing and playing the guitar. He also helped launch the Dolphin Dollars program at Matula, which rewards students for displaying the three R’s – respect, responsibility and the right to learn.

Seyler was honored at an awards banquet held June 5 in Washington, D.C. For his accomplishments, he received a plaque with a gold safety patrol badge and a Visa gift card. For more information about the program, visit https://midatlantic.aaa.com/Foundation/SchoolPrograms/SchoolSafetyPatrolAwards.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

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DanielSeylerMatula fifth-grader Daniel Seyler is one of 13 area school safety patrols recently honored with the Outstanding School Safety Patrol Award by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education and the American Automobile Association. He was honored with the award June 5.

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