LEXINGTON, S.C. — Often the first person some students and parents see on a typical school day, crossing guards help keep students safe every day.
In appreciation, the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School sponsors S.C. Crossing Guard Appreciation Week. Schools can nominate a crossing guard for the Safe Routes to School Outstanding Crossing Guard award, and Midway Elementary nominated one of Lexington County School District One’s crossing guards, Bryan Winns.
Midway Elementary’s crossing guard and head custodian, Winns is one of this year’s three honorees. He received the Outstanding Crossing Guard award during S.C. Crossing Guard Appreciation Week. The weeklong celebration, which takes place during the third week of November, honors those who ensure students arrive at school safely, whether they walk, bike or ride with parents.
“As crossing guard, he greets with a smile and a big red stop sign,” MES Principal Jan Fickling said. “Even in rain, wind and cold, Mr. Winns never complains and even rushes to assist cars that break down as traffic duties end.”
Winns says he simply enjoys making sure all students are safe when they arrive at school.
An employee of Lexington District One since 2012, Winns worked at Pelion Elementary before joining MES in 2013. “He is known for his easy smile and positive attitude,” Fickling said.
Each year, three crossing guards, one each from the Upstate, Midlands and Lowcountry, receive the Outstanding Crossing Guard award. Schools nominate crossing guards for going above and beyond to keep students safe and for demonstrating good safety habits to students.