Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri joins school crossing guards celebrating their 10, 15, and 20 years of service during an appreciation event Feb. 1 at Elks Lodge #1525 in Dunedin.
DUNEDIN - Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day was Feb. 1 at Elk’s Lodge #1525, 1240 San Christopher Drive in Dunedin.
Nearly 60 school crossing guards were honored as Sheriff Bob Gualtieri presented length of service and perfect attendance certificates. Florida Department of Transportation badges
were given to those who recently completed their initial FDOT certification.
The PCSO School Crossing Guard Program presently has 131 crossing guards covering 188 school crossing posts for 36 elementary schools, nine middle schools and one high school in the unincorporated area as well as in the contract cities of Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, Seminole and Madeira Beach.
The School Crossing Guard Program began in 1972 as a volunteer program. Through the years, the program has grown to meet and adhere to FDOT standards. Each school crossing guard attends a mandatory six-hour classroom training session and two-hours of field training, followed up with three days of field training at the guard’s assigned post.