RYE, N.Y. -- Alma Sherwood stands on the corner of Boston Post and Osborn roads, keeping watch over the busy intersections and stepping into action when students from Osborn School approach the crosswalks. "I always make sure they get across safely," said Sherwood, who has worked as a crossing guard for four years.
Sherwood works five days a week, doing three, one-hour shifts a day. From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. she welcomes the children to school, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. she waves goodbye to the kindergartners and from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. she bids the rest of the students farewell for the day. "I love the interaction with the children and the families," she said.
Sherwood used to work as a school bus monitor for special education children, but is now retired. Not one "to sit around and watch soap operas" as she puts it, she decided to apply to be a crossing guard after seeing an ad in the newspaper.
As a senior citizen, she was worried that her age might prevent her, but the Rye Police Department, which employs crossing guards, was happy to bring her on board.
"It gets me out and gives me something to do," said Sherwood. I like to keep busy."
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