OnFocus – Each year, one week in January is dedicated to recognizing adult school crossing guards. In 2021, January 18 -22 has been designated Adult School Crossing Guard Recognition Week.
“Each day, dedicated adult crossing guards in our city show up at their assigned crossings to assist students in their journeys to or from school,” said Marshfield Police Department in a statement. “The City of Marshfield honors our adult crossing guards for their commitment to child pedestrian safety during School Crossing Guard Recognition Week.”
Adult school crossing guards play a critical role in keeping students safe as they walk to and from school each day. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, approximately 1,000 children between the ages 5 and 9 are killed each year in pedestrian accidents.
Adult school crossing guards place the children’s safety above their own by ensuring all traffic is stopped before students enter the roadway while facing speeding motorists, cell phone users and others disregarding traffic signals.
As part of the week-long celebration parents, students, teachers and school administrative staff are encouraged to give thank-you cards, or simply say “THANK YOU” to school crossing guards who live by the motto “Safety is First with Us Every Day.”
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