Metro Schools facing crossing guard shortage

(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The search is on to find dedicated crossing guards for Metro Nashville Public Schools.

This is the time of year they start to lose some of their best.

Though they probably won’t be losing April’s crossing guards of the month anytime soon.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Elna Coffee and Fleeter Wade take their jobs as seriously as if these kids were their own.

“If it was up to me I’d raise every single one of them in there but I’m too old,” said Wade.

They are at Rose Park Middle, that’s right off of Edgehill and Eighth Avenue South where its is busy all day.

And some intersections around town only have one crossing guard because they are always needing more people.

But every school no matter where it is needs a team. For example, Wade makes sure the students get out of their parents cars or the bus and cross over safely and into school while Coffee handles the sometimes speeding traffic on Edgehill.

“I see it because I’m standing in the street and they still say I didn’t see it, I just didn’t see,” said Coffee. “So you have to always be aware of what’s going on because that’s the first thing they say I just didn’t see.”

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

And that’s not an excuse. They will catch your license plate and report it.

But the pair says the best part about their job is putting a smile on everyone’s face until the very last day of school.

“Just to know that I’m doing the best job that I can do,” said Coffee. “Keeping the children safe, keeping down accidents. And basically just being friendly and keeping it flowing.”

And if you’re interested, they want you to join them. For more information, click here.

“Maybe because I’m retired but it is a wonderful experience,” said Wade.

“It’s a great job,” said Coffee.

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