Newsome Park Security Officer named one of Virginia's Most Outstanding Crossing Guards


Posted: March 11, 2019

As the unofficial post office motto goes, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," and the same can be said for Newsome Park Elementary School Security Officer Clarence Daniels, who is outside every day, no matter the conditions, to make sure students safely cross the street to and from school each and every day.

The Virginia Department of Transportation and the Safe Routes to School Program recognized Daniels as one of the Commonwealth's Most Outstanding Crossing Guards on February 13, which is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. Officer Daniels was nominated for the award by students, parents, staff and the local Safe Routes to School Coordinator, who wrote, "Mr. Daniels has been a very devoted crossing guard. He is at his post bright and early, ready to greet students and parents as they arrive to school in the morning. He is ever vigilant, watching for careless motorists, and unsafe situations that surround the school." Officer Daniels was shocked when he learned of the honor and says he is "humbled" to represent NNPS.

Newsome Park Principal Oriel Robinson-Taylor said, "Officer Daniels is a true example of the 'heartwork' that makes our school, community and district shine. He has a unique and long-standing connection with our families and works every day to build lasting relationships in and beyond our school community."

Officer Daniels has worked for NNPS for 20 years, and served as Newsome Park Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year for the 2017-18 school year. Daniels started as a Parent Involvement Specialist at Magruder Early Childhood Center before becoming a School Security Officer three months later. Daniels has worked as a security officer at all three school levels: three years in high school, nine years at Huntington Middle School, and the last four years at Newsome Park Elementary School.

Security Officer Clarence Daniels chats with students at Newsome Park Elementary School.
Security Officer Clarence Daniels chats with students at Newsome Park Elementary School.