Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Religion & Spirituality
  3. General Religion

Start a kindness to crossing guards campaign

See also

On Monday, the Los Angeles Times ran an article about people who beat up a local crossing guard. This reminded me of how essential those caregivers are. When I was a child, my first superhero was our local crossing guard. Think about what they do. Each day, crossing guards literally stand in the gap and walk out into traffic to block off and protect our children from on coming cars. It's a thankless job. As summer approaches, especially in Santa Clarita, they roast their socks off. In winter, the street corner provides no protection from the elements. When the rain pours down, they don the bright orange poncho and take a beating, all in the name of child safety. Crossing guards are heroes.

Because of the harsh conditions in which they serve, crossing guards get injured more often then we realize. The Time's story tells of a crossing guard who was beaten and robbed of her sign and whistle while frightened children watched in the Florence-Firestone area. I recall crossing guard George Hammer who stepped out into traffic to lead the way for the children at Arroyo Seco Jr. high and was struck by a car only a couple years ago. A google search revealed crossing guards across the country experiencing the same types of trauma. They have been hit by cars and hospitalized in Louisiana, Boston, Ohio, Virginia, Michigan, and Utah.

Parents know the value of a crossing guard, we place our trust in them each time we send our children off to school. Not to over play this or anything, but in a way, they remind me of a role Jesus plays. Don't roll your eyes yet, give this a chance. There is a gap between us and God. The world bombards us with many things and we struggle to seek and understand God. We long to get across that gap to God, there is no crosswalk, no light to stop the traffic of life separating us from Him. Jesus enables us to bridge that gap and come face to face with our maker. He told His disciples, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes the the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

Whether you see it that way or not, a crossing guard serves a vital role within our community and they deserve our kindness. When giving out our tips or gifts to those who help us, let's not forget the crossing guard. Tell your friends and remind other parents. Let's start a kindness to crossing guards campaign. Instead of ignoring their valiant efforts, hand them a note, get them a gift card, or make a point of stopping by, looking them in the eye and saying "Thank you for protecting my children, I appreciate you."

If you enjoy the writing of this examiner, click the "subscribe" button above.

All comments welcome.




  • Dan Savage
    Dan Savage cares about LGBT youth, bullying and saving lives
    Today's Buzz
  • Raku
    Teachers and students can use this summer to learn a new skill
    15 Photos
  • Beach body
    Fitness: Earn your beach body badge with bootcamp classes
    10 Photos
  • Greek wine
    Unwind with these delicious wines: The thrilling wines of Greece
    7 Photos
  • Mandy Moore
    Exclusive interview with Celebrity Mandy Moore concerning animal activism
    5 Photos
  • Educational family vacations
    Find out how to take an educational family vacation that doesn't break the bank
    9 Photos