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Friday, March 07, 2014

FCPS Crossing Guards Recognized by VDOT

Two Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) crossing guards have been recognized by the Virginia Department of Transportation as Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guards of 2013.  Phyllis Krapf, who works at Armstrong Elementary School, and Sherry Mull, who works at Stratford Landing Elementary School, are among a group of six crossing guards recognized for the honor.

Krapf was praised for her dedication to keeping students and parents safe as they cross busy Lake Newport Road in Herndon.  Parent nominators say that Krapf has the entire school community trained to stop and wait until she says it’s okay to cross the street before venturing into the crosswalk.  She is recognized for going above and beyond her job, coming in early to make sure students can cross safely and looking out for families who are running late. 

Mull ensures the safety of the 915 Stratford Landing students who arrive via bus, car, and foot each day.  She is known for wearing reflective gear to improve her visibility, and for working with school administrators to talk about issues on Riverside Road and offer helpful suggestions.  She also educates students and parents on the safest procedures for school drop off and pick up.

Two FCPS crossing guards were recognized with an honorable mention:  Chester Robinson of Crestwood Elementary School and Joe McDonald of Coates and McNair Elementary Schools. 

Robinson, a nine-year veteran, heads for the school when his crossing guard duties are complete every day.  He serves Crestwood as a mentor, tutor, book room organizer, cafeteria host, school crisis team member, buddy reader, PTA member, and chief key manager.

Nominators praised McDonald for working with school administrators to ensure students are safe on their way to and from school, and for serving as a mentor and attending after-hours school events such as concerts and festivals. 

Note:  For more information, contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.