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Friday is 'School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day'

Crossing guard Jack Conwell can be seen every school morning and afternoon, rain or shine,   standing along East State Road 100, helping children get safely across to Bunnell Elementary.
Crossing guard Jack Conwell can be seen every school morning and afternoon, rain or shine, standing along East State Road 100, helping children get safely across to Bunnell Elementary.

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office joins the Flagler County school district on Friday, Feb. 5, to celebrate “Crossing Guard Appreciation Day’’ with a special reception at 9:30 a.m. at Buddy Taylor Middle School.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has proclaimed Friday as Crossing Guard Appreciation Day to remind everyone that school crossing guards keep school children safe as they travel to and from school.

“State and local governments place top priority on child safety . . . ,’’ the proclamation states. And, “crossing guards provide an invaluable service to our communities and deserve special recognition for their tireless efforts.’’

“Every day our crossing guards can be seen near schools, making sure schoolchildren cross roads safely,’’ Sheriff James L. Manfre said. “We honor and commend them for the important job they do.’’

The eight crossing guards are part-time employees of the Sheriff’s Office. Their training involves eight hours and they are recertified annually.

Friday’s reception will include a presentation by School Superintendent Jacob Oliva.

“Flagler Schools values the dedication of the men and women who brave the elements every school day to make sure our children make it safely to school,’’ school district spokesman Jason Wheeler said.

The Sheriff’s Office urges everyone to thank crossing guards Friday and to be alert when approaching school zones.