Jeff Covel Arlington crossing guard

Jeff Covel was honored at the March 26, 2015, School Board meeting.

Jeff Covel, who serves as a crossing guard at Nottingham Elementary School, was lauded March 26 by the School Board for his selection of one of six statewide crossing guards of the year.

Covel “never fails to spread good cheer,” and “the kids look forward to seeing him every day,” said Tom Norton, coordinator of the Arlington Public Schools Safe Routes to School initiative, quoting from nominating materials submitted by parents.

The crossing-guard competition is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Transportation, designed to salute those who play “a critical role in keeping our kids safe,” Norton said.

The Arlington County Police Department has 26 crossing guards and two supervisors who serve 42 high-traffic areas around 23 elementary and middle schools, Norton said.