SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Crossing guard Terrence Pitts is known for his energy, his sense of safety and community to the area he serves each day.
Pitts is among the 47 crossing guards that have been selected for Parachute’s “Favourite Crossing Guard Contest.” The award has been held for 15 years, in the group’s effort to reducing the devastating impact of preventable injuries.
DID YOU KNOW: there's an annual contest to determine Canada's Favourite Crossing Guard? #SurreyBC's Terrence Pitts is among the 3 winners. Parachute – which hosts the annual contest – says he's often found dancing and waving while helping kids & parents get to Latimer Elementary. pic.twitter.com/7CC8Q2GZvZ
— Ria 'Hall-y Jolly' ???????? Renouf (@riarenouf) December 17, 2020
Those driving by Latimer Road Elementary School in Surrey, are likely to spot Pitts waving and dancing for every car that passes by.
“[He] puts a smile on everyone’s face. He makes others feel special, by greeting everyone and asking how they are doing; he tips his hat to every passing car and is never without a huge smile, waving throughout his entire shift,” a release from Parachute reads.
Two other winners were chosen along with Pitts. They are from St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Thunder Bay, Ontario.
“One thing that COVID-19 hasn’t impacted is the value of crossing guards. The annual contest was launched in 2005 to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of dynamic crossing guards who help keep our children safe.”
A total of 56 crossing guards were nominated, and a panel of judges chose the winners based on the following categories:
- Evidence of support shown for the crossing guard;
- Safety record of the crossing guard;
- Proactive initiatives the crossing guard has taken;
- Level of involvement of the crossing guard in the community
The recipients will receive their awards over the next few weeks. Each winning guard receives $500, as does each of their schools.