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Nominations for Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Open Dec. 1

Crossing Guard AppreciationState-wide Recognition Part of Crossing Guard Appreciation Week 2019

Planning is under way for Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, the annual Virginia Safe Routes to School event that recognizes the role of crossing guards as a critical link in the Safe Routes to School network. Schools across Virginia will celebrate Crossing Guard Appreciation Day 2019 on February 13. In Arlington, we will honor our 26 APS elementary and middle school crossing guards for the entire week, from February 11-15.

As part of the celebration, the Virginia Department of Transportation/Safe Routes to School will recognize Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guards.  Last year, Arlington’s own Almaz Abebe was one of six honorees statewide, thanks to nominations submitted by students, families, and staff at Kenmore Middle School.

Nominations for this year’s honors open on Sat, Dec. 1. 

To recognize our hard-working APS crossing guards as part of Crossing Guard Appreciation Week 2019, APS and Virginia Safe Routes to School encourage elementary and middle school students, families and staff to:

  1. Nominate your school Crossing Guard(s) as Virginia’s Most Outstanding
    Nominations for Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guards 2018-19 open on Dec. 1 and close on Fri, Jan. 25, 2019. Nominations may be submitted using this simple Nomination Form, which opens December 1 (scroll down for link). There is no limit to the number of nominations submitted on behalf of a Crossing Guard, but each nomination must include a photo of the Crossing Guard in action.
    Please share this call for nominations with students, families, and staff as soon as possible. HINT: According to VDOT Safe Routes to School reviewers, nominations that tell a story, share a special moment, and/or feature student quotes and testimonials stand out!
  2. Make plans to celebrate Crossing Guard Appreciation Week in February
    Ideas for how your school can celebrate are available in the Safe Routes to School guide entitled Crossing Guard Appreciation Day Learn It. Do It. Live It. Flyers, posters, graphics, stickers, cards and other resources to help promote Crossing Guard Appreciation are available on the Virginia Safe Routes to School website.
    Please share these Crossing Guard Appreciation Week resources with students, families, and staff before and after Winter Break!

For more information on Crossing Guard Appreciation Week and Virginia Safe Routes to School’s call for Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guard nominations, contact APS Safe Routes to School Coordinator Lauren Hassel at lauren.hassel@apsva.us.