Published on January 30th, 2013 | by NSB Observer0
Honor Those Who Protect Our Children
A total of 115 crossing guards and supervisors work at busy intersections every school day, ensuring elementary school students have a safe journey to and from campus in Volusia County. This Friday will be their day to shine, as School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is observed throughout the state of Florida.
Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson noted the occasion in a memo to school crossing guards thanking them for their dedicated service. “This hard earned and well-deserved recognition gives me the perfect opportunity to express my gratitude for the exceptional job you do each day,” Sheriff Johnson stated. “Every day you are there — rain or shine, on freezing cold mornings and on hot, humid afternoons — protecting our most precious resource.”
While it’s certainly their first priority, being a school crossing guard entails much more than making sure young students safely get across bustling roadways as they walk and bike to and from school each day.
School crossing guards also help promote safety awareness for the motoring public and teach elementary school children good pedestrian safety habits as well.
As far as Sheriff Johnson is concerned, school crossing guards are goodwill ambassadors.
“You build relationships with our kids; assessing their needs and functioning as a beacon of goodwill,” Sheriff Johnson told the crossing guards. “The children and their families will remember these attributes as much as or more than the sense of safety and security you provide.”
While the state has declared Friday as School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day throughout Florida, the Volusia County Council also has adopted a proclamation encouraging local recognition for Volusia’s crossing guards. “School crossing guards provide a valuable service to our community, often working in inclement weather and potentially hazardous situations to protect our children,” states the proclamation.“The Volusia County Council thanks and honors our school crossing guards.”
Be sure to give a friendly wave or take the time to personally thank a school crossing guard on Friday, February 1, 2013.