Western Hills Crossing Guard Eager For Students, Families On School’s First Day
Bonnie White has been a crossing guard for six years at Western Hills Elementary, where she’s positioned at the corner of Western Hills Drive and 39th Street.
Since mid-March, White hasn’t seen familiar faces of students and families who walk to and from school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But on Thursday, Aug. 27—the first day of school at the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS)—she woke up with a huge smile on her face knowing all of that would soon change.
“I love it. I love it,” White said of her role.
During the mornings, White guesses she sees nearly 30 students and parents.
“It’s a busy corner here,” she said. “I try to keep right on it and make sure I’m there when the students and parents need me. And the kids seem to appreciate it.”
On Thursday, White set a table near the large “Western Hills Elementary” sign so students could jot their birthdays in a book before heading to school. When that student’s special day comes, White writes their name and includes well wishes on a big whiteboard placed at the corner to help celebrate them.
“They’ve been really good, and they follow rules,” White said of the students. “They meet their friends, and then they’re off to a good day.”
Photos: WDMCS First Day of School 2020