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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 2021 - February 10
  • Crossing Guard Appreciation Day 2022 - February 9

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. For CGAD celebrations in 2021, be sure to follow local health guidelines.

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. 

With many school divisions learning virtually, some crossing guards reassigned to other duties, and everyone already going above and beyond in 2020 to establish new routines for daily life, the VA SRTS Program made the decision not to host the Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Awards this year. We look forward to bringing back the award in the future. You can read about the past winners recognized by VDOT on the Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Archives page.  


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Learn it. Do it. Live it!

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day LDL 2021

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Thank you for keeping our community safe!

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Thank You, Crossing Guards!

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Show your crossing guards some love!

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