Volunteer crossing guards needed at Grant Elementary

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EUREKA- The Department of Health and Human Services is working to help make Eureka schools safer by teaming up with a local elementary school to recruit crossing guards.

Volunteers are wanted to aid pedestrian traffic at Grant Elementary School. The crossing guard initiative is part of a pilot program for the school under the county-sponsored Redwood Crossing Guard Program. Along with an increase in volunteer crossing guards, the pilot program will also provide in-class safety education for 2nd graders and bike safety education for 5th graders. Health officials say they hope the new program will help keep the streets safer for pedestrians.

“Adult crossing guards help students cross the street safely, they remind drivers of the presence of pedestrians, they help create more safer, more walkable communities and also serve as role models for children learning how to cross the street and teaching them the proper crossing technique,” said Mellody Mallick, Health Education Specialist with the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services.

The program needs crossing guards for morning and afternoon in the following shifts:

Monday-Friday: 7:30-8:15 am

Monday: 1:10-2:10 pm

Tuesday-Friday: 2-2:55 pm

For more information about volunteering, contact: 441-5549.