AAA Arizona Seeks 2014 Crossing Guard of the Year

AAA Insurance increases prize value to $2,000

AAA Arizona is calling for nominations from Maricopa and Pima counties for its seventh annual Crossing Guard of the Year Award. This year, AAA Insurance has increased the prize value to $2,000. 

“Crossing guards are there day in and day out to ensure our children get to and from school safely,” said Brad Oltmans, vice president of insurance for AAA Arizona. “As a safety advocate, AAA is proud to show our appreciation for their efforts and dedication with our Crossing Guard of the Year Award.”

AAA invites students, parents, school administrators, faculty, staff and community members to nominate candidates whom they believe deserve the Crossing Guard of the Year designation. Self-nominations also will be accepted. The deadline to submit nominations is March 10, 2014.

AAA’s traffic safety experts will evaluate nominations to select finalists for the award based on dedication, friendliness, professionalism and safety. The honors then will be awarded to two honorees, one each from Maricopa County and Pima County, who demonstrate the best example of the procedures and responsibilities outlined in AAA’s Handbook for Adult Crossing Guards. Winners will be announced on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, April 25, 2014, and each will receive a recognition plaque and a $500 gift card, courtesy of AAA Insurance. AAA Arizona also will donate $500 to the winning school

Last year, Willis Washington of Steven R. Jasinski Elementary School in Buckeye and Ray Ventura Reyes of Annie W. Kellond Elementary School in Tucson earned the coveted title.

Nomination forms are available at all Maricopa County and Pima County school district offices or can be downloaded online here. Completed forms can be mailed to AAA Arizona, Attn: Public Affairs, 2375 E. Camelback Road, Ste. 500, Phoenix, AZ, 85016, faxed to 602-266-1736, or emailed to [email protected].


AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 850,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.