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Celebrating Our Everyday Heroes: School Crossing Guard Appreciation Week

Toronto — As families in Toronto prepare for the end of the school year, it’s time to recognize and celebrate the unsung heroes of our school communities: the school crossing guards. From June 3 to 6, the city will observe School Crossing Guard Appreciation Week, a time to express gratitude for the dedication and hard work of these vital community members.

The School Crossing Guard Program in Toronto is the largest of its kind in Canada, boasting 879 well-trained and dedicated crossing guards. These individuals play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of students as they travel to and from school each day. By guiding children across busy streets and intersections, and reminding drivers and cyclists of the presence of pedestrians, crossing guards significantly enhance road safety in the city.

School crossing guards are essential to our Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, which aims to eliminate traffic-related injuries and fatalities in Toronto. Their vigilance and dedication help create a safer environment for everyone, especially our youngest and most vulnerable road users.

Crossing guards are trained to be attentive, patient, and observant. They wear bright, reflective clothing and use stop signs and whistles to ensure they are visible and can effectively manage traffic. Their presence not only helps children cross the road safely but also promotes awareness among drivers and cyclists about the importance of road safety.

Parents, students, and community members are encouraged to show their support and appreciation for crossing guards this week. Simple gestures like a smile, a thank you, or a handmade card can go a long way in acknowledging the hard work and dedication of these everyday heroes.

“The safety and well-being of our children are paramount,” said a local parent. “We are incredibly grateful to the crossing guards who stand in all weather conditions to make sure our kids get to school safely. They truly make a difference in our community.”

The City of Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, under which the School Crossing Guard Program operates, is a comprehensive initiative aimed at reducing traffic-related injuries and fatalities. More information about the Vision Zero plan and its various programs is available on the City’s website.

As we celebrate School Crossing Guard Appreciation Week, let’s take a moment to thank those who help make our school routes safer and our communities stronger.


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