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Norfolk woman selected as one of Virginia's Most Outstanding Crossing Guards

Wilma Modlin is a crossing guard at Oceanair Elementary School. Her dedication to students is why she's one of Virginia's most outstanding crossing guards.

NORFOLK, Va. — Wilma Modlin is known for going above and beyond as a crossing guard at Oceanair Elementary School in Norfolk. 

Modlin's hard work and dedication is being recognized as she was selected as one of Virginia's most outstanding crossing guards by VDOT.

Modlin was among 70 nominees and was only one of six recognized for the honor, Norfolk Public Schools said in a news release.

Modlin is usually referred to as Ms. Wilma by students and families. She is considered a role model and knows all her walkers by name.

She always commends students on their safe and positive behaviors.

During busy times working and helping with bus and traffic congestion, and assisting students—Modlin always maintains a smile.

“We are thrilled that she is recognized for the excellent work she does every day,” said Oceanair Elementary School Principal Lenthia Willie-Clark. 

“She is a constant positive presence and our community, staff and children all love her. She is so deserving of this recognition.” 

Chief Larry D. Boone of the Norfolk Police Department said Modlin's "dedication to the safety of our next generation of leaders is not only seen but felt by the students and staff at Oceanair Elementary School."

The crossing guard honor is part of a statewide Crossing Guard Appreciation Day event on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The honor is a "thank you" to positive role models who help students cross the street safely, VDOT said.

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