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Huntsville crossing guards train ahead of students return to school

Before they man their cross walks and guide your child safely across the street and into school, some Huntsville crossing guards went through a refresher course Friday morning.

Posted: Aug. 3, 2018 11:50 AM
Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 5:35 AM

First time crossing guards and guards who have less than one year of experience attended Friday's training at the intersection of Bob Wallace Avenue and Triana Boulevard.

"The lives of the children are involved so that's very, very important," crossing guard Clarence Groce said.

Groce is approaching his second school year as a crossing guard.

"I enjoy kind of interacting with the children and making sure that they're safe. That's my focus. I get a sense of accomplishment from that," Groce said.

He and some of his fellow guards brushed up on their skills Friday to prepare for the start of the Huntsville City school year Monday.

"When we have the kids cross the street there can't be any traffic, so we have to hold off all four directions of traffic to let those kids come across safe," crossing guard instructor Sgt. O.J. Holloway said.

Every day crossing guards pull out their vests, walk into oncoming traffic, and stand between moving vehicles and your child getting to school safely.

"We have to focus on safety for the children and make that our priority. We have to be in control of the traffic, and that way we can protect the children as they travel back and forth to school," Groce said.

While kids are crossing the street, these guards are requesting drivers do one thing:

"Please slow down," Holloway said.

There are a little more than 80 crossing guards in Huntsville.

Only four guards are brand new this year.

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