What a wonderful job the road patrol does. The members stand outside the elementary school in icy winds, snow, rain and sometimes blistering heat, to see their fellow students across the road safely.
The road they patrol is a hive of activity at 3:15 p.m. Both sides of the street, for three blocks, are lined with parked cars, some with engines running as parents wait to drive their children home.
Passing motorists cannot see the sidewalks.
As a former early childhood educator, I was appalled to see two mothers dart out from behind parked cars to run across the road with two or three little ones in tow.
One mother was looking back over her shoulder talking to someone.
She didn’t appear to have seen my car.
The streets were icy.
Why would these mothers ignore the road patrol?
They are there for your children’s’ safety.
When children are taught to follow the rules and to respect the roles of others they become better citizens and in this case, safer ones.
One day these little ones will want to be on road patrol themselves.
I am sure the mothers will see it differently then.
Keep up the good work, patrollers.