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Crossing guards?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Do they have crossing guards all over the country and/or world or is that just something in Ohio? I was talking to someone in a small town about when we were kids, and I was telling her about Joe, an older gentleman who I had fond memories of. He was our crossing guard in my grade school. He stood there and crossed us across the street everyday for years. Do your school systems do that?
post #2 of 19
It's actually the police department that employs and provides them, at least here.
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Well you know Deb, that could very well be here too. Since I dont' have any kids, I've never checked into who employs them. I just think they're a good thing.
post #4 of 19
We call them " Lollipop men ", and i think it's our local council who provide them.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/ch...00/3257459.stm
post #5 of 19
We have them here. I love watching the little old man who more so just directs traffic like a crossing guard for the Catholic school I pass on my way to work. He reminds me of my grandpa.
post #6 of 19
They are here too and have been for years.
post #7 of 19
YUP! We have them here also. Our school board hires ours. I think its neat because at the grade school they have a lady thats done it for like 7 or 8 yrs and shes kinda mentally challenged, if you will.....but she knows right from, wrong, if that makes sense She loves her job and it gives her something to do and a little money on the side.
post #8 of 19
Here, they work for the school districts. After he retired, my grandfather was a crossing guard, for many years.
post #9 of 19
We have them here in Canada and back home in England, I think the local councils hire them back home not sure about here though
post #10 of 19
Here in the cities. And if you don't heed their whistle and sign, you will be reported to the authorities!
post #11 of 19
I know they are here in CT and in Massachusetts. My new co-worker works parttime doing it in a larger town here in CT, my Mother in Law used to do it in Mass. I also used to see the same one every morning when I worked in Worcester, MA, a large New England city for those who don't know. I don't know who employs in Ct, but I think the Mass ones work for the town and are town employees.
post #12 of 19
They have them in the actual cities, all over the place. The last one i ran into was uber ghetto, waggin her finger at the kids. It was a funny sight. I couldn't help but wonder if she was crossing guard by day, stripper/hooker by night. But out here in the burbs we dont have em.

-Jade
post #13 of 19
In Australia (Adelaide) the students do it at the schools crossing and that's it.

Here in Montreal they have people a block away as well, I feel sorry for them in the winter
post #14 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by AshleyJade
They have them in the actual cities, all over the place. The last one i ran into was uber ghetto, waggin her finger at the kids. It was a funny sight. I couldn't help but wonder if she was crossing guard by day, stripper/hooker by night. But out here in the burbs we dont have em.

-Jade


We have them here... One of them just about smacked my car with her sign!
post #15 of 19
Yup we have them here in NZ too. They are normally pupils, with an adult staying watch. Do people actually do it as a living in the states?
post #16 of 19
Thought it was crazy americans with cat crossings there! That said, could do with them the way cats seem to love running in front of cars!
post #17 of 19
It seems do usually be done by moms as a parttime job.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
Do people actually do it as a living in the states?
Often, yes, because they are stopping traffic on the roadway to let kids cross. Many I have seen are retirees. They work an hour or so in the morning and again in the afternoon.

When I was a kid, our crossing guard used to actually run us across a major highway (!) with no traffic signal or anything! Times sure have changed.
post #19 of 19
I remember them from when I went to school!

In the AM, it was an elderly gentleman who would cross us at the busy main road.

After school actually, it was the 6th graders who had the responsibility of being crossing guards at 5 different corners of the school building. I remember doing that, we were so important!
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