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What is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day?

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day (CGAD) is a statewide event devoted to saying thank you to those who help students cross the street safely on their way to and from school. CGAD has been celebrated in Virginia since 2014.

When is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day?

While the Virginia SRTS Program has designated the second Wednesday of February as Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, we encourage schools and communities to plan their own Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on any day that works for them to recognize the valuable role crossing guards play in making safe routes to school a reality.

Do you like to plan ahead? Put these dates on your calendar now for the coming years:

  • Crossing Guard Appreciation Day 2022 - February 9
  • Crossing Guard Appreciation Day 2023 - February 8

How can my school participate in Crossing Guard Appreciation Day?

Whether simple or elaborate, Crossing Guard Appreciation Day events are a great way to acknowledge the value your crossing guard brings to safe travel to school. Your school may choose to say thank you in person and/or promote the work of your crossing guard in local media.

Your community can also nominate your crossing guard for Virginia's Most Oustanding Crossing Guard Award. Crossing guards are honored by VDOT every year for their dedication to student safety. All nominees are sent letters of appreciation, and winners are sent a certificate and small gift. 

It's Time to Nominate!

Nominations are now open for Virginia's Most Outstanding Crossing Guard! Use this link to nominate your community's crossing guard. Be prepared with a photo and a short story to show why your crossing guard is the best in the business. Nominations will close on January 21, 2022.

More event ideas are available in the Crossing Guard Appreciation Day Learn It. Do It. Live It! which is available for download along with thank you cards, social media graphics, and a press release template below. 


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Learn it. Do it. Live it!

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day LDL

Thank You Cards

Social Media Graphic

Show your crossing guard some love! (PNG)

Social Media Graphic

Thank you for keeping our community safe! (PNG)

Social Media Graphic

Thank You, Crossing Guards! (PNG)

Social Media Graphic

First Smile, Last Smile (JPEG)

Social Media Graphic

Rain, Snow Shine (JPEG)

Social Media Graphic

My crossing guard is the best... (JPEG)

Local Media Resources


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