(ISN) – Brandon, Manitoba – The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings, in conjunction with Manitoba Public Insurance, CAA Manitoba, Canexus Chemicals and Pyramid Steel have announced plans to honour western Manitoba School Patrols during the Saturday, October 18th game against the visiting Portland Winter Hawks.
Over five hundred school patrols from Brandon and surrounding area are expected to attend the game, compliments of the Wheat Kings, the Brandon Police Service as well as the four participating sponsors.
In addition to Saturday night’s game, the hockey club has announced a partnership with Manitoba Public Insurance and the Brandon Sun, aimed at recognizing children who are part of their school’s “Safety Patrol Unit”. Once a month, patrol members from one Brandon school will enjoy lunch with members of the Wheat Kings, including 2014-15 Honorary School Patrol Captain Eric Roy and Peter Quenneville. Lunch will be provided by Subway Restaurants of Brandon.
The first School Patrol Luncheon of the season is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15th at Riverview School in Brandon.
“As a leader in road safety, our corporation is committed to reducing fatalities and injuries on our roadways,” said MaryAnn Kempe, Vice-President, Business Development, Communications & Chief Product Officer, Manitoba Public Insurance. “The school patrol program is a positive, grass-roots program aimed at an impressionable age-group.”
This School Patrol Luncheon program is designed to recognize those children who volunteer their time in rain, snow or shine to help keep the streets safe for other children. It is also designed in a manner to attract new patrollers through the recognition and benefits of being part of their school’s Safety Patrol unit. Part of the program will also provide the hockey team, Manitoba Public Insurance and the Brandon Police Service a forum to relate important safety messages to Brandon and area students.
The School Safety Patrol Program has become a successful and respected safety program throughout western Manitoba. Through this program, combined with CIBC “Read to Succeed” and the hockey club’s popular Minor Hockey Caravan, the Wheat Kings commitment to the province has never been greater.
Saturday’s game vs Portland will be the second of a 2-game weekend home stand for the Wheat Kings, who will host Swift Current on Friday.