(From the Active Transportation Alliance)
Crossing guards shepherd us safely across the street. They keep children safe from traffic throughout the year–no matter the conditions: wind, rain, snow or sweltering heat.
Since 2005, the State of Illinois has been officially honoring these individuals with Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. This year, the event takes place tomorrow, May 3, 2011.Â
The Active Transportation Alliance invites everyone throughout Chicagoland to participate. Here are a few ideas for honoring your local crossing guard.
- Download and present them with a certificate of appreciation: www.activetrans.org/crossingguard.
- Write a thank you note.
- Give the guard a gift card to a local business.
- Take a photo of your crossing guard and upload it to the Crossing Guard Appreciation Day Flickr group: www.flickr.com/groups/1663431@N23/.
- Share a story about the great work that a particular crossing guard does in your neighborhood: www.activetrans.org/crossingguard
Visit www.activetrans.org/crossingguard to read comments people made about their favorite crossing guards in 2009 and 2010.
The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is North Americas largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by more than 6,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 40 full-time staff. For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.