for grandparents to get involved. The club ordered special T-shirts and hats and the school reinforces their work by encouraging kids to walk and to follow the Corner Captains’ directions.
In Chicago, Community Alternative Policing Strategy officers within the city police department train Parent Patrol volunteers to stand watch on corners within the school zone to help deter crime in the morning and afternoon. Discretionary school funds are used to purchase jackets and vests for the parents, so they can be easily identified by the children. Parent Patrols provide an added layer of protection and give adults a chance to interact with children.
In the University Heights neighborhood of Newark, concerned parents, grandparents and community volunteers from the University Heights Super Neighborhood (see sidebar) stand watch in front of the American History High School to observe all activities and make sure students are safe. Community members volunteer when they are available. This informal approach encourages parents and caregivers to step in if one of the usual locations is not covered on any given morning or afternoon. This empowers caregivers to take the initiative rather wait for an appointed designee. The group is not affiliatedwith the school, but grew out of a need for a crossing guard or traffic police officer at the corner.