January 29, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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Appreciation Day, Friday, February 1, 2002
The Polk County
Sheriff's Office will be celebrating Crossing Guard Appreciation Day,
Friday, Feb. 1, 2002 at various locations throughout the county.
Many of the schools in Polk County will be recognizing their crossing
guards during "Thank You" breakfasts and other special events.
Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is a proclamation from Governor Jeb Bush
to recognize "those individuals who spend countless hours assisting our
children across busy street intersection as they arrive and depart from
In Polk County, there are 160 elementary school crossings with
approximately 15,000 children using them during the school year. Crossing
guards provide an invaluable service to our community in ensuring the
safety of our children in route to and from school.
School crossing guards, employed by the Polk County Sheriff's Office,
receive four hours of state-structured classroom instruction, with an
additional two hours of on-the-job training in accordance with the Ramon
Turnquest Act. Additionally, school crossing guards receive an annual
two-hour re-certification prior to each new school year. The focus of the
school crossing guard is to encourage students to cross at proper
intersections. School crossing guards also provide information regarding
pedestrian and bicycle safety.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office urges all Polk County residents to
recognize this day and every school day by pledging to approach school
zones and crossings with due caution.