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School board honors La Rosa crossing guard
La Rosa safer because of Connor McCloskey
La Rosa Elementary School is a safer place thanks to the diligence of Connor McCloskey, a sixth-grader who was named Patroller of the Year. He was honored by the Ceres Unified School District board of trustees recently. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Connor McCloskey, a sixth-grade student at La Rosa Elementary School in 2016-17, received a certificate during the commendation portion of the May 25 Ceres School Board meeting.

McCloskey received Honorable Mention, Patroller of the Year recognition for his dedication with the AAA School Safety Patrol Program.

"Anytime you see your kids do well, it's always nice," said Jason McCloskey, Connor's father and former head coach of Central Valley High School's varsity football program. "We're very proud of all of our children."

AAA Northern California rewarded Connor for his leadership and safety skills to prevent pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

La Rosa will also receive a $1,000 grant from AAA to invest in their School Safety Patrol program.
McCloskey took home a plaque.

"Connor has a great deal of knowledge when it comes to traffic signs, signaling drivers to keep moving forward or to stop when a pedestrian needs to cross," La Rosa Staff Coordinator Mireya Martinez. "He is always on the lookout to see which patrol team needs a substitute for the day. Connor is very helpful and always available for any job position. He shows responsibility, dedication and is a great role model for his teammates and other students on campus. As Captain, he has motivated his squad by praising them for doing a good job and always thanking them for showing up for their duty and reminds them how important they are to the squad. Connor is part of a "buddy" program, which means he volunteers to serve as a mentor for transitional kindergarteners. Most of the school knows him for his kind demeanor and the patience he has. Connor has a great humor, and always goes above and beyond."

Added Jason McCloskey: "He took pride in what he was doing. We were supportive and encouraging."