The job goes to fifth-graders judged to be mature enough for the job.
"Those kids take their responsibility seriously, and they are trained," Hendred said.
The students are very enthusiastic about doing their duty and sometimes have to be reined in from reprimanding adults who may violate safety rules or even the law. It's rare for crossing guards to goof off while on duty, he said. When it does happen, it usually works out well as a reminder to other patrol guards. The safety of students is very important.
"We're very alert as staff to remind them," Hendred said. "It's not uncommon to take a student off of patrol for a period of time. It reinforces that important message. You are on duty, and your job is to be alert."
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