Help Hillsborough County Public Schools make Debbie Caputo, America's Favorite Crossing Guard!
Spread the word on social media about Hillsborough County's favorite crossing guard from Fishhawk Creek Elementary School using hashtag #HCPSVoteCaputo and tag: @HillsboroughSch,@safetyHCPS, and @HCSOSheriff.
This year, Debbie Caputo, who helps kids safely cross the street outside Fishhawk Creek Elementary School every school day, was nominated as 'America's Favorite Crossing Guard'on safekids.org.
Fishhawk parent, Stephanie Goodwin nominated Caputo because "she commands the respect of parents, the attention of all the children and demands safety from everyone around her. Fishhawk feels Caputo is their safety hero and deserves to be honored in every way."
Caputo is not your typical crossing guard, as she helps families and students across the street with her signature phrase, Okie Dokie. Every morning families and students from Fishhawk look forward to hopping on Caputo's -magic carpet (crosswalk), as she greets them daily with a smile, and often a high five or a hug with a reminder to stay safe and to have a great day. See more of Debbie Caputo, Fishhawks Favorite Crossing Guard, in action on The Now Tampa Bay ABC Action News video.
Voting is limited to one (1) vote per day, per device. On or about February 19, 2018, a judging panel will review the top five crossing guards and pick a winner. Safe Kids Worldwide will come to the winning school to celebrate with a pep rally and celebration. The winner’s school will receive a $500 grant, and the crossing guard will win some cool prizes. Public Voting started 8:00am ET on January 3, 2018 and will end at 11:59pm ET on January 31, 2018 (the “Voting Period”). Votes submitted before or after the Voting Period will not be eligible.
Do you want to be a school safety hero? There are more than a dozen openings for school crossing guards throughout Hillsborough County. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office hires crossing guards with a starting pay of $11.00 an hour. To apply visit: www.hcso.tampa.fl.us/Careers/SubPages/Career-Opportunities/Crossing-Guards.aspx
Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries. Most people are surprised to learn preventable injuries are the #1 killer of kids in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable.
To learn more about Safe Kids Worldwide and to vote for your favorite crossing guard visit: https://www.safekids.org/crossing-guard
To learn more about Fishhawk Creek Elementary visit fishhawkcreek.mysdhc.org or to stay connected with the Division of Operations follow us on Twitter: @HCPSoperations @HCPSschoolbus @SafetyHCPS @HCPSnutrition