South Carolina Department of Transportation Celebrates Crossing Guards

November, 2017

Columbia, South Carolina – The South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program and its Resource Center are encouraging individuals, schools, and communities across the state to acknowledge Crossing Guards during South Carolina Crossing Guard Appreciation Week, November 13-17, 2017.

Crossing Guards’ support and continued commitment to safety has had a positive effect on students and their families throughout South Carolina.  As part of the Crossing Guard Appreciation Week, the South Carolina SRTS Resource Center requested nominations for Outstanding Crossing Guard from schools and communities. Three Crossing Guards were selected as statewide Outstanding Crossing Guards.

  • Mr. Johnny Lynch from Manning Jr. High School in Clarendon County
    Alina Costea, Manning Jr. High’s SRTS Champion stated, “Mr. Lynch goes above and beyond to make sure the students are walking safely, and the traffic around school is safe.  Mr. Lynch is an outstanding crossing guard!”
  • Mr. Terry Walker from Camp Road Middle School in Charleston County
    Melissa D’Arcy nominated Mr. Walker stating, “Mr. Walker ensures that students follow all safety rules and routes in front of our school… While his job is stressful, he always has a smile and acknowledges each student or parent by name followed by a nice greeting.”
  • Ms. Monique Blanchard from Monaview Elementary in Greenville County.
    Nominated by Pam Monto, Ms. Blanchard is described as, “very passionate about what she does and the children, and our staff appreciate all that she does to keep everyone safe.” Ms. Monto also stated that Ms. Blanchard “keeps her headlights on when it is dark in the mornings so that her and the children can be seen by all.”

These individuals represent the hard work and dedication shown by crossing guards all over South Carolina. We hope that families and schools will take a moment, ahead of Thanksgiving, to say thanks to the crossing guards that help make their routes to school safer.”