CHESAPEAKE, Va. — When it comes to managing traffic flow, backups, and student safety—crossing guard Royce McCoy is an expert.
So it's only appropriate that McCoy's dedication was recognized by VDOT and he was named one of the Most Outstanding Crossing Guards in Virginia.
The honor also went to five other crossing guards across the state.
McCoy, also known to students as "Santa Cross," ensures all kids cross safely before and after school.
It's his upbeat personality that helps brighten the day of anyone who comes across him, Chesapeake Public Schools said in a news release.
"Not a day goes by where Royce McCoy’s big smile doesn’t brighten the day of someone walking or driving through the intersection near Great Bridge High School and Great Bridge Intermediate," the release said.
Crossing guard Wilma Modlin at Oceanair Elementary School in Norfolk was also selected as Most Outstanding Crossing Guards in Virginia.
McCoy was selected among 70 nominees. The crossing guard honor is part of a statewide Crossing Guard Appreciation Day event on Feb. 12.
The honor is a "thank you" to positive role models who help students cross the street safely, VDOT said.
McCoy is a retired firefighter and continues to serve the community as the school's "traffic guru."
"McCoy received over four pages of comments lauding his kindness, positive attitude, and expertise in managing safety and traffic with a smile," Chesapeake Public Schools said.
"From all these comments, one thing is clear – Mr. McCoy is a treasured and indispensable part of the Chesapeake community."