Crossing guards get know-how, tools to get kids to school safely

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- As thousands of children in the Valley return to school, many of the people who make sure they get to school safely will take part in regional training workshops during the next two weeks.

The 2014 Regional School Crossing Guard Training Workshops are sponsored by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and its member agencies.  Two more workshops are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • Thursday, July 31 at Mesa Convention Center- Superstition North, Building A, 263 N Center Street, Mesa
  • Thursday, Aug. 7 at Rio Vista Recreation Center, 8866-A W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria.

These training sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon. A total of about 400 school crossing guards are expected to participate in these workshops.

The training to be provided will include essential crossing guard procedures, information on the health and welfare of guards and resources available from police and fire departments to help the guards ensure the children's safety.

Special sessions will review traffic laws regarding crosswalks, procedures that must be followed in the crosswalks and proper equipment that guards rely on to perform their duties safely and effectively.

School crossing guards that are interested in participating in the training workshops must preregister. Information and registration forms are available at the MAG website provided below.

For more information on the regional workshops for crossing guards, please contact the Maricopa Association of Governments at 602-254-6300 or visit the website at http://srts.azmag.gov.