Crossing Guard Honored
But one crossing guard in particular has become a legend in Trenton.
On the last day of school, Crossing Guard Walter Rhode, affectionately known as Mr Walt, wasn't at his normal post. Instead he entertained his friends and treated the kids at an end-of-the-school-year party.
"He takes me to church all the time," said Wyatt Hagis, friend to Mr. Walt. He's given us loads of watermelons. He's done all kinds of stuff for us."
And Mr. Walt doesn't do it for the money.
"Just about enough money to pay for his gas to get to and from work, two trips a day into town to work one hour at a time just so he could be with those kids," said Captain Tony Cruse of the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office.
Thursday's end of the school year party is particularly special. The 70-year-old Rhode has suffered recently from complications due to his diabetes. But nothing was going to stop him from getting the fixings for his kids.
"He's been really sick, and I've seen him out there leaning against the sign poles holding on in windstorms and helping these kids cross the street," said Steve Lamprose with the Department of Children and Families.
And the man who has done more than ensure safety of his students was honored by the Department of Children and Families for all that he does afterschool.
"Mr. Walt is a stable force for these children in a world that is very unstable," said Lamprose.
Mr. Walt offers more than encouragement to these children.
"You know this generation we need to show them that we respect them," said Rhode.
The price of the pizzas that Mr. Walt bought for the party was $36; however, the price of having him as your friend and crossing guard is absolutely priceless.
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