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May 25, 2013

Coleman named Crossing Guard of the Year

VALDOSTA — For keeping the community’s children safe between homes and homerooms, crossing guards received thanks from city officials and one was named Crossing Guard of the Year during a breakfast Friday morning at Greenleaf.

Patricia Coleman received top honors of the morning, after 33 years of securing safe passage for students heading to and from school. Coleman has always enjoyed working with the kids and communicating with her co-workers to get the job done, so a job as a crossing guard made sense after a little convincing, she said.

“A girlfriend of mine, Sgt. Leggett, who’s about to retire, talked me into working as a crossing guard,” said Coleman.

With two months of free time over the summer, the veteran guard said she was going to take it easy until school kicks back up. Coleman’s family reunion is coming up, so the award will make a nice showpiece, according to the crossing guard.

“It’s nice to have something to show the grandkids what grandmamma did,” said Coleman. “And it’ll also be nice to look back at it when I’m older.”

Mayor John Gayle summarized earlier sentiments expressed by members of the city council, the Valdosta Police Department and the Valdosta School System.

“I just want to say on behalf of the city how much we appreciate what you people do in protecting our kids and making sure that traffic is controlled around these school zones. It’s a job that you do that is somewhat thankless sometimes, but we can’t thank you enough,” said Gayle.

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