As students go back to school this week there will not be the familiar crossing guards at Gorenflo and Jeff Davis Elementary Schools in Biloxi. School crossing guards will be phased out at other Biloxi Schools by the end of this school year. This is due to budget cuts.
Biloxi police say they will have extra patrols out in those areas to make sure children are able to cross streets safely. However, School Superintendent Paul Tisdale says now is the perfect time for anyone wanting to start the year off by volunteering some time, to step forward.
The police department and the school district will provide safety equipment and train volunteers who want to be a crossing guard. We hope a number of Biloxi residents will take the time to volunteer their services for a few hours each week.
It would be great if there would soon be a waiting list for those who want to volunteer to become a crossing guard. Traffic around schools can become quite congested and our children should not have to worry about their safety. What better way to start 2011, than volunteering some free time to make sure our children are safe.
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