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Feb. 17 proclaimed School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day in Orillia

Posted on Wednesday January 27, 2016
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The Orillia Police Services Board is pleased to announce that Mayor Steve Clarke has proclaimed Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, as School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day in the City of Orillia.

Since January 2015, the Orillia Police Services Board has administered the School Crossing Guard Program. The Board employs 19 dedicated crossing guards, who are stationed at 13 crosswalk locations throughout the community. At the Board’s request, Mayor Clarke has designated a special day for citizens to show their gratitude to crossing guards and acknowledge their commitment to pedestrian safety.

“I encourage everyone to celebrate this day by personally thanking their neighbourhood crossing guards for helping to create safe walking and cycling routes to school and work,” said Mayor Clarke.  “We are grateful that crossing guards are present to help teach traffic safety skills to children, and to help keep motorists aware of pedestrian traffic.”

“School crossing guards provide an invaluable service to our community,” said Councillor Pat Hehn, Chair of the Orillia Police Services Board. “We are very fortunate and immensely proud to have a devoted group of crossing guards who share a deep sense of responsibility, brave inclement weather, and work under various traffic conditions to safely escort pedestrians across the roadway.”

Parents, children, and schools that are interested in showing their appreciation to their crossing guards can write letters of appreciation, personalize thank you cards, draw pictures, or simply thank their crossing guard with a friendly smile.

“The focus of School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is to praise the fantastic work that crossing guards perform each day, but it is also an opportunity to remind pedestrians how to cross the roadway safely,” said Kristine Preston, Executive Assistant to the Orillia Police Services Board and Supervisor for the Crossing Guards. “Pedestrians should remain on the sidewalk curb until the crossing guard signals that it is safe to cross. Remember to look left, right, and behind before entering the crosswalk, and listen to the crossing guard’s instructions.”

Preston added that motorists can also show their recognition to crossing guards by approaching school zones with caution, and waiting for pedestrians to completely cross the roadway.

Crossing Guards will be invited to attend a special reception with the Orillia Police Services Board on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. in the Mayor’s Office at Orillia City Centre, 50 Andrew St. S.

Interviews with crossing guards can be arranged by contacting Kristine Preston at 705-325-2125.

The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.

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Councillor Pat Hehn,
Chair – Orillia Police Services Board
705-323-3497
pmhehn5@gmail.com

Kristine Preston
Executive Assistant
Orillia Police Services Board
705-325-2125
kpreston@orillia.ca

Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-325-8929
705-238-9209 (cell)
jruff@orillia.ca

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