Advertisement

So Minnesota: St. Paul nun created world's first school safety patrol

Updated: September 20, 2019 06:53 PM

Nearly a century ago, a nun at a Saint Paul Catholic school helped change the world.

The idea has kept generations of children safe traveling to and from school.

Advertisement

In 1921, Sister Carmela Hanggi created the world's first school safety patrol on the corner of Kellogg Boulevard and Summit Avenue in Saint Paul.

At the time, Sister Carmela was the principal at the now closed Cathedral school. She worried about children's safety crossing the street and came up with the idea for having kids become crossing guards.

So Minnesota stories

The idea quickly caught on, spreading across the city, nation and world.

"There are cities in Europe that have have this same system," Cathedral of Saint Paul archivist Celeste Raspanti said. "It's keeping our children safe. This is a legacy. We don't know how many thousands of children were saved by that."

Sister Carmela passed away in 1968, but her achievement will live on forever.

A flag pole with a plaque near the intersection commorates the divine idea.

Connect with KSTP


Join the conversation on our social media platforms. Share your comments on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

Credits

Joe Mazan

Copyright 2019 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

Advertisement

Hall of Fame Vikings defensive end Chris Doleman dead at 58

Coworkers in lottery pool claim $1M Powerball prize

'Everyone's feeling tense': Community expresses discontent over proposed hospital cuts

Stepfather of slain girl fears teen prosecuted by Klobuchar was wrongfully convicted

Student returns home early from studying abroad after coronavirus outbreak

Question time: What's next in Trump's impeachment trial

Advertisement