Crossing Guard CeremonyTo commend the 34 crossing guards—employed by the City of Las Cruces—who help ensure students and their families can safely go to and from schools across the district, the City of Las Cruces and Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) hosted the annual crossing guard recognition dinner, Saturday, May 20 at Centennial High School.

“Collectively, these dedicated individuals work in often chaotic traffic situations, through all kinds of weather conditions, to ensure the safety of thousands of students every single day,” said LCPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing. “They play a critical role in keeping our students safe, and I’d like to thank them for their service, dedication and diligence.”

The crossing guards honored at the ceremony were: Guadalupe Armijo, Robert Brock, Virginia Brock, Sharon Bunker, Margaret Burr, Jose Castoreña, Terry Crabb, James Cunningham, Gilbert De La O, Josh De La Rosa, Jimmy Estrada, Jodi Faragoi, Estanislao Infante, Lianna Lara, Alfonso Lopez, Isabel Martinez, Isabel Martinez, Michael McClanahan, Ronald McGregor, Gabe Montalvo, Danielle Montes, Connie Ontiveros, Johnny Pacheco, Jose Rivera, Irine Roane, Bonnir Rodgers, Monika Rollins, Adonia Ruiz, Laureen Semar, Virginia Stewart, Dwayne Sykes, Samuel Tome, Emmanuel Tova, Hector Vanegas and Shirley Zika.

Each crossing guard was given a commemorative certificate during the ceremony and several long-time crossing guards were given a lapel pin for their continued service. The longest-serving crossing guards recognized at the ceremony included: Infante and Zika, who each have 13 years of service as crossing guards; Rivera, who has 11 years of service as a crossing guard; Estrada, who has 10 years of service as a crossing guard; Burr who has 9 years of service as a crossing guard; and Semar, who has eight years of service as a crossing guard.

The Las Cruces Police Department Traffic Division employs approximately 34 crossing guards who monitor 22 different school crossings at LCPS schools during the regular school year. In total, this year’s crossing guard honorees represented more than 150 years of experience ensuring the safety of students getting to and from school.

Crossing guards attend to school crossings at 7:10-8:10 a.m. each school day morning and 2:15-3:00 p.m. each school day afternoon. Crossing guards also man school crossings during the afternoon on school days near heavily-trafficked intersections and at many elementary schools during after-school programs throughout the school year, according to LCPS Safety and Security Coordinator Todd Gregory.

Several businesses made in kind donations for the ceremony including: Andele’s Restaurant and Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant, which provided the food the dinner; American Linen Supply, which provided the table linens for the event; Masson Farms of New Mexico, which provided flowers for the event; and The Sound Machine LTD, which provided music for the event.

For more information, contact LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren, pdahlgren@lcps.net, (575) 527-5808.