availability of school crossing guards is always in flux but the need for them
remains the same.
Currently, volunteers from local non-profit groups take
morning and afternoon shifts at key intersections to insure that students get
across the road safely. Each time a volunteer fills a shift; their non-profit
organization earns 10 dollars.
is administered by the Salvation Army which receives an annual donation from
the borough for their efforts.
Cathy Quinn talked about the Salvation Army's role in program.
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that after the holidays, there was an increase in the number of crossing guard
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She credits the increase in
volunteers to the amount of attention the program's been getting in the news.
councilman Terry Haines is another person who's concerned about all of the
shifts being covered. He wants the need for crossing guards to remain in the
forefront of peoples' minds. To do that, Haines has turned to technology and
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that the Facebook page has led to some brainstorming about the best way to keep
the program strong. One idea he mentioned was asking local businesses to
provide incentives to volunteers who pitch in time after time.
thought has also been given to making the crossing guard job a paid position.
The Salvation Army's Quinn has another idea of how to keep crossing guard
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of crossing guards was on the agenda for the city-borough joint work session
last week. That meeting was postponed and will take place sometime next month.