More than 50 Westfield crossing guards were recognized at a special breakfast held in their honor at Westfield Town Hall on Friday, April 26.
The breakfast was sponsored by the B.R.A.K.E.S. Group of Westfield (Bikers, Runners and Kids are Entitled to Safety) and the Parent Teacher Council (PTC) of Westfield Public Schools. School officials, town and police representatives, and Board of Education members were among those who attended the event to thank the crossing guards for the vital role they play in keeping Westfield students and residents safe.
B.R.A.K.E.S. chairperson Mary Camacho and PTC vice president Donna Kenney presented certificates of recognition and gift cards to each crossing guard. Camacho also thanked local merchants who donated food and gift items to the breakfast including Bagel Chateau, Baron's Drug Store, Starbucks, and Trader Joe's.
Many of the crossing guards cite retirement and “keeping busy” as reasons they report to their assigned street corner each morning and afternoon. Asked what they like best about the job, all without hesitation say it is the students that make coming to work so rewarding.
More on the Westfield crossing guards can be seen in this video tribute, presented at the breakfast.