Appreciation for our Crossing Guards

by Cheka Bauldry (8th grader in the Transformers family)

Our local community heroes don bright orange vests!  They are present every morning from 7 am – 9 am and every afternoon from 2 pm – 4 pm, at three intersections around our school and at the school gate on Excelsior. They show up in rain, cold, wind and sunshine, providing safety and greetings. That’s dedication.

Each has gone through a long process for the honor of standing in the street with a STOP sign directing traffic!  They are appointed by the Oakland Police Department after submitting an application, clearing an extensive background check (they have to have a spotless record), attending orientation and learning the important actions of crossing guards – it’s harder than you think, and more dangerous!  This is who they are:

  • On Park Blvd. – Tremayne Jones has been a crossing guard for 3 years, and Dan Na Mai has provided this service for 5 years.
  • At Park Blvd. and Beaumont are Vincente Lau and Jimmy Jones.  Jimmy says, “It’s a pleasure to do this for the community.  I just love the kids.”
  • At the playground corner of Beaumont and E. 38th Street you will find Marie and Mary.  Marie Deer is the longest serving of our local crossing guards.  She has been doing it for 17 years at various schools.  Mary Etter is a retired nurse (R.N.) who heard about doing this from an assistant.  They both love the kids, the school and the parents.
  • Greeting the 7th & 8th graders at the Excelsior gate and stopping traffic so students can safely cross the street are Mr. R and Bob Williams.  Bob has a daughter in the 7th grade and began his volunteer greeting duties this school year.  Mr. R. has been at EBMS for 6 years, lives in Roseville and travels almost 200 miles round-trip to and from school every day! That’s 1,000 miles a week! Talk about dedication! He leaves home at 4:30 am every morning for the nearly 2 hour drive to the school.  Mr. R says, “Edna Brewer is a safe school.  You never know how kids are when they leave home in the morning.  When we say good morning to them, it just might make a better day for them.  It’s a pleasure to put a smile on their faces, give them a fist bump or encourage them any way we can.”

Please extend a huge THANK YOU to all these people for their commitment to keep us safe and make our day a little brighter. They are doing this because they care!  Please drive slowly around our school, follow traffic directions, and say thank you with a smile and a wave to these individuals when you pass by them.

(As a thank you, Cheka has been bringing the crossing guards and greeters hot chocolate and croissants once a week during this school year, especially when it’s cold and rainy.  We’d like to continue this tradition next year.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact our teacher and staff appreciation chair at teacherappreciation@ednabrewer.net)