March 15, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or
County To Honor PCSO School Crossing Guard For Being Named "Program Of The Year"
On March 20, 2002,
the Polk County Board of County Commissioners will honor the Polk
County Sheriff's Office School Crossing Unit for being selected as the
School Crossing Guard Program of the Year by Governor Jeb Bush. The
recognition ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. in the board room of the BOCC
The School Crossing Guard Program of the Year award was presented to PCSO
School Crossing Supervisors Donna Wood, Marty Rake and Vera Freeze on
Feb. 27, 2002. The recognition is one of three annual awards presented by
the Governor's Office in celebration of Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
(held Feb. 1, 2002). The other two awards are for Crossing Guard of the
Year and Crossing Guard Trainer of the Year. PCSO members also have won
Crossing Guard of the Year the last two years in a row.
The plaque, signed by Governor Jeb Bush, states the following:
"The Polk County Sheriff's Office has placed top priority on child safety
issues and awareness. Your agency provides outstanding leadership and
training for all school crossing guards within your agency, ensuring the
safety of your school crossing guards as well as our children. Your agency
is a model for all agencies throughout the State of Florida. Your agency's
dedication to its job and to the children of your community is
School crossing guards cross approximately 10,000 to 15,000 children every
school year at 159 crossings throughout the county. School crossing guards
encourage students to cross at proper intersections. Guards also provide
information regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety. School crossing
guards are frequently, but not limited to, retired residents who feel a
sense of community commitment. Deputies often rely on school crossing
guards to advise them of traffic problems in the communities surrounding
school crossings. Crossing guards also have been able to provide important
information regarding criminal events occurring in their assigned areas.