Date: February 27, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager
Governor Honors PCSO School Crossing Guard Section As "Program Of The Year"

The Polk County Sheriff's Office School Crossing Section has been selected as the School Crossing Guard Program of the Year by Governor Jeb Bush.

The award was presented to PCSO School Crossing Supervisors Donna Wood, Marty Rake and Vera Freeze this morning (Wednesday, 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 (note: 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 commendable."

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.

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