Celebrating Greenwich’s School Crossing Guards

Twice a day our crossing guards get every child safely across the road, going to, and coming from their neighborhood schools.

They handle a lot of traffic, while keep an eye out for any hazards. We pass them daily when it’s snowing, sleeting, raining and everything in between. Most days you’ll see a smile on their faces as they talk to parents and their kids.

Buckey Creamer is a man who cares for children, while at the same time caring for his sick wife. He appreciates working in the community and watching the kids grow.

Buckey Creamer

Buckey Creamer, credit: Asher Almonacy

When asked, what were some of the challenges that makes his job difficult? Buckey mentioned the drivers that don’t obey the traffic signs on Sinoway Ave. “Somebody’s gonna get hurt, if they don’t slow down,” he cautioned.

Judy Kimble faithfully dons her luminescent vest, standing for at least three hours per day to help keep the children of Cos Cob Elementary School safe. Friendliness is apparent every school morning and afternoon on Suburban Ave. A mother of two smiles, waves and says “Have a nice day,” Judy smiles and waves back.

    Judy Kimble

Judy Kimble. Credit: Asher Almonacy

Carmine Gencarelli works on East Putnam Ave at the intersection across from Cos Cob School.

There are so many testimonies of him that I can’t remember all of them. As I photographed Carmine, a parent paid Carmine a compliment. “He’s awesome. No matter if it’s pouring down rain, he’s full of life. Even if it’s cold, he’s out there and always has a smile on his face,” the parent said.

Carmine Gencarelli

Carmine Gencarelli. Credit: Asher Almonacy

They all enjoy their job and take it seriously. “Many people think this job is so easy, but in moments time a routine morning could become a disaster,” disclosed Judy.

“It’s all about community safety,” Buckey added.

So as the school year comes to a close, take the time out to thank a crossing guard for helping keep our kids safe despite the natural and human challenges. Sometimes a simple “thank you” can go a long way.

See also: A Touch of Kindness: Cos Cob Crossing Guard, Carmine Gencarelli


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