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Work of Crossing Guards Recognized This Week

Oct. 3, 2004 – Events marking School Crossing Guard Week start this Sunday, Oct. 3, with church services at the Way of the Cross Baptist Church, Estate Catherines Rest at 11 a.m.
In a recent press release, Elton Lewis, police commissioner, also announced the following events in the upcoming week:
-Monday, bowling at the Tropical Ten Pin Bowling Center Estate Castle Coakley at 6 p.m.
-Tuesday, visit the elderly at the Herbert Griggs’s Home Estate Kingshill from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
-Wednesday, visit the children at the Queen Louise Home, Estate Concordia from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
-Thursday, visit the elderly at the Whim Gardens Homes Estate Whim from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
-Friday, dinner festivity at the Violet O. Damidaux Police Community Pavilion, Patrick Sweeny Headquarters beginning at 6 p.m.
This is an opportunity for members of the community and students to honor these public servants as they serve to protect our children as they travel to and from schools.
Lewis added, "School crossing guards are like the mail service, rain, sleet, and snow, well not really sleet and snow here, however, they are out there. Earlier this month some areas of the territory experienced heavy rains and flooding, the school crossing guards made sure our children were safe. The Police Department is proud such guards are part of our family."
"School crossing guards are the unsung heroes of the police department. They are a spectacular group of people, the Virgin Islands is lucky to have them. The crossing guards will drive or walk to and from the work site twice per day for a few hours of work without complaint, and they love working with our children and keeping them safe. It must be noted that for the past decade there have been little or no incidents with the more than one hundred thousand student crossings conducted by school crossing guards. They are a tremendous group of people, the Virgin Islands are proud of them," Novelle E. Francis Jr., territorial chief said.

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