February 27, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or
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
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.