Crossing Guard Stuns Parents With What She Gives Their Kids
Kristin Danley 12/20/2018
School crossing guards are an integral part of a school's safety plan. They ensure that their charges venture safely across the roadway without any issues and continue on their way to school.
Patty Polley was hired by the county sheriff's office to serve the Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary as a school crossing guard a few years ago. She was hoping to earn some extra cash, but ended up being splashed all over social media and the news for what she did with the kids entrusted in her care.
Rain or shine, snow and slush, Patty stood outside herding the kids along their path to school. Dressed in her neon safety gear and clutching a stop sign, she recognized something was amiss.
She had grown to care so much for her little students that she decided to do something about it. She was so enamored with them at this point that she couldn't ignore the problem any longer, she shared with WFTS.
“I fell in love with all my little human beings. It’s not even a job. It’s somewhere I love to go. I actually miss them in the summer.”
It was wintertime and the temperatures had turned chilly for Florida. Patty picked up on the fact that some of the kids walking past her every morning and afternoon weren't dressed for the weather.
It wasn't a one-time deal where the kids had forgotten to grab a stocking cap or gloves when they left home. They didn't own any.
So Patty went straight home after her crossing guard stint, grabbed her needles and some yarn, and set to work knitting the kids some mittens. Her sister living in Maine donated gloves to Patty's cause, too.
School families couldn't believe what Patty and her sister had done for their kids. They were incredibly grateful for her generosity.
They decided to reach out to Patty's bosses at the Polk County Sheriff's Office and sing her praises. They also touted what she had done all over social media.
Patty couldn't believe what happened next. People from their town bestowed gifts upon her and the county sheriff's office ended up rewarding her, which she couldn't believe.
“It’s been amazing, it really has. Believe me, those kids give me more than I could ever give them.”
The Polk County Sheriff's Office called Patty their "unsung hero." Tyler Bracewell, an uncle of a student at the school, reached out to school officials to express his heartfelt thanks for Patty's kindness on Facebook.
"I just want to say thank you to her for caring for all of the children who walk to school every day and for going out of her way to make sure they get there safe every day and for taking the time to make a pair of gloves for all of the children who walk to school every day. This is just one of the reasons why I love living in a such a small and caring community."