New crossing guard program prevents potentially dangerous situation


CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) – A new measure of safety was put in place this week for one Vermillion County school.

Officials are implementing crossing guards to their morning and afternoon routines.

To a parent, there’s nothing more important than their child’s safety. So it was a no-brainer to one school that they add this element.

North Central Elementary in Clinton now has crossing guards.

“This is a state highway we have in front of our school, so the crossing guard we have at that post every morning and afternoon, she has a lot of responsibility,” said Kim Bryant who spearheaded the program.

These freshly painted lines usher students into their world of learning, without fear for their safety.

“We knew there was a safety issue with some of the students, crossing the streets here at school in the morning. Very congested with buses and parents dropping their kids off, so to get this program in place and see that stop sign go up, kids being helped across the street, it really makes you feel good as a principal, knowing the kids are safe getting to school,” said Ryan Jenkins, principal at North Central.

This project was about a year in the making. Bryant said it was no longer an option to have the students in a potentially dangerous situation.

“We have a lot of walkers in the area. And we are hopeful our presence, more parents will allow their children to walk to school, so it’s definitely an added benefit of security,” said Bryant.

The Clinton Lions Club donated all crossing guard gear this year, knowing the safety of community children is one of the most important causes.

“(and children are so important.} They are. And they’re so delicate. To see them come up and smile, every time we walk in the room, they know who we are and why we’re here,” said Nick Hall, president of the Lions Club.

Taking safety off of these young minds allows them to focus fully on their education. The Lions Club estimated the cost of the crossing guard gear was several hundred dollars.

The school already has several volunteers to utilize as crossing guards, but they say they could definitely use more of them.

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