Longtime crossing guard Sarah Mason is nominated for a nationally recognized award.
Mason has worked as a crossing guard for Bester Elementary School for almost 40 years. She is currently vying for the title of Safe Kids Worldwide America’s Favorite Crossing Guard.
Parents, friends and other community members surprised Mason at her crosswalk Monday morning with balloons, cake and a card.
Kelly Llewellyn, who is both an employee of Meritus Medical Center and co-coordinator for Safe Kids of Washington County, nominated Mason for the title.
“It’s people like Miss Sarah that help keep our kids safe .. you see a lot of these kids crossing by themselves without parents, and it’s her job here to help make sure that they get to school and home each day,” said Mason.
During her morning shift, members of the community surprised Mason at her crosswalk with balloons, cake and a card.
“There’s no words for it, I’m just so excited I can’t believe it,” said Mason.
If Mason wins she will receive prizes of her own in addition to about $10,000 worth of funding for the school to pay for pedestrian safety programs.
Those wanting to vote for Mrs. Mason can go to the safe kids website.
Winners will be announced in December.