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February 28, 2014 Published in Schools, Top Stories

Charles Barrett’s Angie Thigpen Named Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Of 2013

Charles Barrett Elementary School Crossing Guard Angie Thigpen. (Courtesy photo)

Charles Barrett Elementary School Crossing Guard Angie Thigpen. (Courtesy photo)

Congratulations to Charles Barrett Elementary School Crossing Guard Angie Thigpen, named by the Virginia Department of Transportation as one of six Most Outstanding Crossing Guards of 2013. VDOT’s Safe Routes to School program sponsored the contest in conjunction with Virginia’s first Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, held Feb. 12. Students and parents from across the Commonwealth nominated 25 crossing guards for the honor. Thigpen, a Charles Barrett crossing guard since 2006, received nominations from multiple parents in the community.

“She is such a positive presence,” said Charles Barrett Principal Seth Kennard. “She often volunteers in the cafeteria each day before her afternoon shift, and is always smiling and waving at students no matter what the weather is. She makes it her mission to be sure students arrive to school safe and happy each day!”

Crossing guards are irreplaceable members of their communities who go above and beyond their duty as they help keep Virginia's students safe crossing the street on their way to and from school, Virginia Safe Routes to School Coordinator Rob Williams said in a letter announcing the contest results. “They are completely dedicated to their jobs, showing up at their stations early in the morning and in all types of weather in order to help students navigate busy intersections. They are true community heroes.”

Thigpen and the other crossing guards named Most Outstanding “have been likened as members of the family and positive role models making the trip safe and pleasant, as they get to know all of the students and their families who cross the street on the way to and from school,” Williams said.

The winning crossing guards will be profiled in VDOT’s Safe Routes to School March Newsletter. Read more about Crossing Guard Appreciation Day at the Safe Routes to School website.

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