Thank you for helping our safe routes to school program by volunteering to be a crossing guard ambassador. We hope that through this program, we can improve the walk to school experience for all of our students and families.
What is a “Crossing Guard Ambassador”?
Liaison between community and crossing guards. Goals of the crossing guard ambassador program:
- Establish one community contact person for each of the four guarded crosswalk corners in the McKinley/Christ King school area.
- Monthly personal contact with the crossing guard to ask about any concerns.
- Reporting of positive and negative experiences at the crosswalk site to the crossing guard ambassador coordinator.
Responsibilities of crossing guard ambassador:
- Provide crossing guard ambassador coordinator with preferred contact information for reporting of comments/ concerns. This contact information will be shared with the families at Christ King and McKinley schools.
- Introduce yourself to the crossing guard at the beginning of each school year.
“Hello, my name is Mary Smith. I cross at your intersection to take my child to school. As a community, we have formed a group that is trying to encourage more children to walk to school. As a part of this effort, I have volunteered to be the crossing guard ambassador at this corner. My goal is to be a contact person between you and the pedestrian community to address any concerns that may arise during the school year. We know that you have a difficult job and we appreciate your service. Here is my contact information. Please feel free to contact me with any positive of negative feedback or concerns you have. I will be checking in with you at least once a month to see how things are going. Thank you for your service to our community.
- Check in with the crossing guard on the first Monday of each month.
Record (written or electronically) concerns or comments from parents and crossing guard. Forward these comments to crossing guard ambassador. These may be the concerns of about the behavior or the pedestrians, crossing guard or motorists. Examples: Not using stop paddle, not wearing vest and/or hat, not placing cones in the middle of intersection (all crossing guards should be issued at least 2 cones in the beginning of the school year), inappropriate use of cell phones, attendance, capability of stopping traffic, control of the corner, behavior of pedestrians.
- In the future, may consider being point person to organize cards, gifts at holidays, end of the school year, crossing guard appreciation day.
Not responsible for policing the crosswalk. Responsibilities of crossing guard coordinator:
- Providing at least bi monthly feedback to City of Wauwatosa and crossing guard company on performance of crossing guards.
- Providing families at McKinley and Christ King School with contact information of crossing guard ambassador and contact number if crossing guard is not present.
Crossing Guard Ambassador Program
Goals of the Crossing Guard Ambassador Program: Establish one community contact person for each of the four guarded crosswalk corners in the McKinley/Christ King school area. Monthly personal contact with the crossing guard to ask about any concerns. Reporting of positive and negative experiences at the crosswalk site to the crossing guard ambassador coordinator. They are not in charge of ‘policing’ or giving feedback to the crossing guard.
Crossing Guard Ambassadors:
They can be contacted with any positive or negative concerns with the crossing guards:
- Cindy Morton, firstname.lastname@example.org (90th and North Avenue) — Christ King Parent
- Jennifer Jawarski, email@example.com (Swan and Meinecke) – McKinley Parent
- Megan Hambrook, firstname.lastname@example.org ( North Avenue/88) – McKinley Parent
- Jen Lancaster, email@example.com (Swan and Ridge) — Christ King Parent