ENGLEWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – As kids head back to school, junior crossing guards in Englewood are learning the ropes to help keep their fellow classmates safe.
More than 100 kids showed up to training at Northmont High School.
“They watched a training video earlier. Now their patrol advisors are working with them about how to check for gaps in traffic. And when it’s safe for our students to cross at crosswalks. They are just getting students familiar with that in a parking lot before getting on the road,” said Sgt. Corey Follick of the Englewood Police Department.
Class isn’t in session just yet. Instead of soaking up their last few days of summer break, the junior crossing guards are learning how to help their classmates.
“I’m learning how to be a junior safety patroller. Just to help kids,” said one student.
Sgt. Follick says the training allows school resource officers to bond with the kids they protect every day.
“Their (The junior patrollers) job is to get the students across safely. It’s our job when it comes to traffic related enforcements around the school zone. It’s a team approach,” said Sgt. Follick.
AAA says pedestrian strikes across the Miami Valley are up.
They are handing out yard signs at all AAA locations. They are hoping to keep distracted driving out of school zones.
“If you’ve just been engaged with that phone, your brain is not fully engaged with the task at hand. Which is driving. We are going to be happy to have the signs in as many yards as we can get them in,” said Cindy Antrican, a spokeswoman for AAA-Dayton.