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Crossing Guard Protects Students with a Smile

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Every morning and afternoon during the school year for the past 10 years, crossing guard Doris Sharp allows students, teachers and others to safely cross the busy Bedford Road in Pleasantville on their way to and from school.

"My favorite part is the kids. They're always so polite and kind, which I think they get from their parents," Sharp said.

Many students within the Pleasantville Union Free School District will walk to and from school every day and crossing guards such as Sharp are employed by the village in order to allow the children to cross roads without stop lights.

Sharp, a Thornwood resident, has developed a friendship with the students over the years and most of them greet her on a first name basis while walking to school.

"I love seeing the students go from the Bedford Road School to the high school," Sharp said. "It's nice to see them grow over the years, sometimes I'll even need them to remind me who they are because they change so much physically over the years,"

The job requires Sharp to stand outside in all types of weather. However, she said that the most difficult part of the job is not dealing with the rain, or freezing cold.

"You can dress and prepare for the weather so I don't mind that, but the worst is dealing with some of the aggressive drivers because you need to always make sure the children are safe," Sharp said.

Sharp admits that in years past she used to be better at keeping up with what students were involved with outside of school and any sports they may play. But she said she is always sure to keep up with one subject every afternoon.

"I always ask them what they learned that day," she said.

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