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Sister Carmela Hanggi founds the School Safety Patrol of Minnesota.

Spurred by an uptick in motorized traffic in St. Paul that led to more car accidents, Hanggi, the principal of Cathedral School in the state's capitol, created the nation's first of its kind safety team.

Students would patrol streets around schools to ensure other students would safely cross streets, and while it started as a boys-only endeavor, it has since incorporated any-and-all interested in being part of school patrols.

The modern day service generally has students wear orange vests and carry flags in order to effectively be visible and stop traffic.

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