On Guard! AAA Arizona in Search of Crossing Guard of the Year

Phoenix, Jan. 22, 2013. Through rain, shine and heat, crossing guards get children to and from school safely every day. To honor outstanding guards in Maricopa and Pima counties, AAA Arizona is calling for nominations for its sixth annual Crossing Guard of the Year Award. The deadline to submit nominations is March 12, 2013.

“The lifesaving service school crossing guards provide in our communities often goes unnoticed,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “As an advocate for safety, 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 auto club’s traffic safety staff will evaluate nominations to select finalists for the award based on dedication, friendliness, professionalism and safety. The honors will then be awarded to two honorees, one from Maricopa County and one from 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 26, 2013. Winners will receive a recognition plaque and a $100 Target gift card, courtesy of AAA Arizona.

Last year, Sue Turpin of Waggoner Elementary School in Tempe and April LaBlue of Lulu Walker 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 Rd. Ste. 500, Phoenix, Ariz., 85016, faxed to 602-266-1736, or emailed to publicrelations@arizona.aaa.com. Nominations must be submitted by March 12, 2013.

AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, 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.