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Opinion: Please be respectful of kids at Village and Northwood

Beth Cayce
Special to the Bonanza

Hello. My name is Beth Cayce. I am the crossing guard for Incline Elementary School at the intersection of Village and Northwoods boulevards.

In December 2013, I was waiting in my car at the stop sign on Northwoods to turn up Village at 9 in the morning. Traffic was busy. It was a bitterly cold, windy morning.

I noticed a young boy standing on the corner waiting to cross the street, and he couldn’t. I put my car in park and stopped traffic for him. The next morning, I called the elementary school, left a message asking to become the crossing guard at that intersection, was accepted, and have been the crossing guard since then.

This is a tough job. This is a very tough intersection.

As a vehicle driver, I’ve always had an attitude that pedestrians are too willful, too willing to step into streets, not respecting the power and strength of cars. Until I took on this job.

Humbly, I’ve learned how seldom we, as members of our community, and as drivers, don’t respect the vulnerability of walking persons who need to simply cross a street — especially children.

We, as drivers, are on our way to a destination; intersection activities, such as in this intersection, can create frustration. But in this intersection, children’s lives are at stake.

In the time I’ve done this work, I’ve been yelled at by passing drivers. Not often, but always with anger, and sometimes great anger. And this anger makes this job painful.

I continually request the advice and feedback of the members of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the Incline school police officers, and do my best to act responsibly and professionally.

To those who have issues with my decisions in performing this job as crossing guard, please submit your complaints to the office of Incline Elementary School, Site Administrator, Mr. Rich Mares.

Please don’t yell at me from your passing cars.

I invite, seriously, anyone who wishes to be a crossing guard for one post, morning or evening, and I’ll support you as coach. It will change your view of us as neighbors and community members — and the children who individually and always thank you in each crossing will fill your heart and remind you as to why we really are here together.

Your neighbor, friend, and with respect,

Beth Cayce is an Incline Village resident.