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How a pilot project is making drop-offs safer at a West Island elementary school 

Six graders greet elementary school children in the morning for new CAA Quebec pilot project. .
Six graders greet elementary school children in the morning for new CAA Quebec pilot project. . Brayden Jagger Haines/Global News

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) Foundation has launched a new pilot project at Springdale Elementary school in Dollard-des-Ormeaux to make drop-offs safer for children and faster for parents.

As of Monday, designated student “patrollers” will now assist parents who are dropping their children off at school by car.

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An adult crossing guard will first let a group of cars into a designated drop-off zone, then Grade 6 students wearing yellow vests will open the car door and usher younger children safely onto school grounds.

Marco Harrison, the director of the CAA-Quebec foundation, said the project aims to bring order and safety to the busy morning rush hour.

“We see a lot of behaviors that we don’t like — double parking, dropping the kids on the street side, speeding,” he said.

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CAA-Quebec plans to implement the pilot project across the province starting next year.

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— With files from Global News’ Brayden Jagger Haines