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David Samson, The Forum, Published January 11 2010

Portraits: Claire Holland and Brooke Duncan

Claire Holland and Brooke Duncan take their jobs seriously. The Moorhead Robert Asp Elementary fifth-graders are part of the school’s Safety Patrol, which helps make sure students and their parents safely arrive and leave the busy school grounds. The longtime friends are second-year members of the volunteer team. “It’s a big responsibility. We dress warm, and you just get used to it. Our whistles make a funny noise when it gets really cold out,” Claire said of working in cold weather. Brooke added, “We like helping people and make sure they can cross the street safely, although some drivers run over our cones and have even yelled at us.” The safety team is usually rewarded for their efforts at the end of the school year. “Hopefully we’ll get to go to a water park or something. I know when we are done, we will miss this job a lot,” Brooke said.