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Crossing Guard Appreciation Day Feb. 13 - Not a single child hurt seriously in 54 years

How will you show your love for your school crossing guards next week? The Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) is expected to designate Wednesday, Feb. 13, as Crossing Guard Appreciation Day in Prince William County. The resolution is on the Board’s agenda for today, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m.

This is a statewide observance sponsored by the Virginia Department of Transportation’s “Safe Routes to School” program, and it says “thank you” to those who help students cross the street safely on their way to and from school. Prince William County has 94 school crossing guards who work at 44 of the County’s public elementary and middle schools.

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day honors those men and women who provide an invaluable service to our community, sometimes under challenging conditions in the performance of their duties.

In the 54-year history of the Crossing Guards, there have been no deaths or serious injuries of any child at any school crossing. In 2018, Crossing Guards conducted 30,616 safe crossings, and safely helped 987,099 children.

Lieutenant A. Marie Snyder, crossing guard supervisor in Prince William, was quoted in a news release as saying “There is more to being a Crossing Guard than getting children across the street safely.” 

Said Snyder, “Crossing Guards button coats, tie shoes and dry tears. However, most importantly, they welcome each child with a smile and a friendly greeting.”
For more information on Crossing Guards, please visit the Police Department website at http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/police/Pages/Crossing-Guard-Bureau.aspx

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