Radio Personalities Take To The Streets To Raise Awareness For Hastings Middle School
I truly believe that it takes a village to raise a child. And while I don't have any children of my own (yet), I know it's important to give back to kids in West Michigan when I can, because someone did it for me a long time ago.
So when my co-host Big Joe and I read a story recently about the Hastings School System putting out a message saying they had a need for a crossing guard at Hastings Middle School to help with a new, busy intersection, we figured we could donate an afternoon to show how easy it is to help out.
Recently, the corner of Park and Grand, next to the middle school, has had a traffic change when they added two new stop signs, making it a four way stop. Parents and locals alike have been complaining that despite big orange flags, people miss the new stop signs, and will just blow through the intersection.
So we figured, if we stood there when kiddos need to walk across, maybe we could help to make sure everyone figures it out, safely.
However, we may have been a little over our heads to start.
Thankfully, we had a little guidance from Dean of Students, Jeff Pratt, who also happens to be the former police chief of Hastings. You could say he has a little expertise... He gave us some pretty solid advice, "Don't get hit by a car".
We managed to get several groups of students across the street with no issue, and we felt pretty awesome holding the signs while we did it
And, maybe I got distracted by a cute dog along the way.
So, sure we can't all give up every day to help out our schools, but sometimes taking on one small task to help your community, can make a big difference.
(And don't worry, they are in the process of hiring someone full time, so don't expect us to cause too much chaos again.)