Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

Crossing guards: Tough and back on the job

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and people on their cell phones.”

Drivers run stop signs, honk, yell and speed through intersections, guards said.

Brown and her colleagues said grouchy drivers do not overshadow the advantages of the job: short work hours, an outdoor setting, government employee benefits, the chance to work with dedicated student patrols — and enduring relationships with children and their parents.

Children never forget their school’s assigned crossing guard, they said.

‘‘When I’m out in the neighborhood, I’ll be walking around, and someone will pat me on the back and say, ‘Hey, Mrs. Brown,’” she said. ‘‘And it’ll be a man with a beard.”