It is crossing guard appreciation day in Orillia. Mayor Steve Clarke is encouraging everyone to personally thank the 19 guards helping kids cross the road at 13 crosswalks in the city. “School crossing guards provide an invaluable service to our community,” said Councillor Pat Hehn, Chair of the Orillia Police Services Board. “We are very fortunate and immensely proud to have a devoted group of crossing guards who share a deep sense of responsibility, brave inclement weather, and work under various traffic conditions to safely escort pedestrians across the roadway.” Parents, children, and schools that are interested in showing their appreciation to their crossing guards can write letters of appreciation, personalize thank you cards, draw pictures, or simply thank their crossing guard with a friendly smile. Preston added that motorists can also show their recognition to crossing guards by approaching school zones with caution, and waiting for pedestrians to completely cross the roadway.