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Friday Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

Flagler County Sheriff urges community to thank crossing guards

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – They have the power to stop a moving car with one hand, but they rarely receive recognition for it.

That changes Friday, when Florida's annual Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is observed.

"Thousands of dedicated crossing guards assist our children across busy street as they arrive and depart from school," said Florida Gov. Rick Scott in a state proclamation. "Crossing guards provide an invaluable service to our communities and deserve special recognition for their tireless efforts."

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly encouraged parents, students and the community to say thank you to crossing guards.

"I can't say enough about the important job our crossing guards have in keeping our children safe," Staly said. "We owe them a huge debt of gratitude for watching over our loved ones as they cross buys streets on the way to school."

In Flagler County, the eight crossing guards are part-time employees of the Sheriff's Office.