AAA Mountain West Group and Club Assist Take Steps for Change on Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day
On Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, Club Assist, in partnership with AAA Mountain West Group (MWG) and DHC Specialty Corp., (the maker of the MBC-1000 tester), teamed up to celebrate the first national Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day.
In Nov. 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges stepped into William Franz Elementary school, escorted by the National Guard to protect her from the angry mob outside. The brave little girl single-handedly desegregated the all-white school in Louisiana, becoming an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. In 2018, a group of ambitious fifth-grade AAA School Safety Patrollers from San Francisco were inspired to take action. Their efforts led to the California Senate proclaiming Nov. 14 as Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day.
For more than 100 years, the AAA School Safety Patrol has provided school-aged children with an extra sense of safety and security when going to and from school. Today, students in this program serve as young changemakers who value community leadership and service.
Working alongside the Ruby Bridges Foundation, AAA Mountain West Group is providing grants to schools to help fund their Ruby Bridges Walk to School activities, and free resources to assist with planning. Club Assist and DHC Specialty Corp. donated funding to support the MWG initiative.
"We are committed to doing good in the communities we serve," said Tim Condon, President and CEO of AAA Mountain West Group. “We are proud to partner with Ruby Bridges Foundation and support this initiative, bringing students together to inspire the next generation of leaders.”
Club Assist, based in Lake Mary, Fla., just ten minutes from the AAA National headquarters, helped expand the California-based initiative to the east coast. Team members handed out AAA-branded pencils and notepads to nearly 1,000 children celebrating Ruby Bridges at a local school. Later, Club Assist staff in Lake Mary and Sacramento, Calif., took honorary walks to commemorate Ruby Bridges’ historic steps that broke down barriers to pave the way for diversity and inclusion.
“Ruby’s courage in the face of the extreme adversity and challenges she overcame serves as a powerful beacon for change, acceptance, and equality,” said John Tutt, President and CEO of Club Assist North America. “We are so proud to support this important initiative and look forward to Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day becoming a widely-celebrated nationwide event.”
To learn more about Ruby Bridges’ story, visit rubybridges.foundation.