School crossing guards making a difference

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It's the second day of school at Seth Johnson Elementary and crossing guard Marche Griffin is the lady in charge out front.

"Put your book bag on," Griffin tells a youngster crossing the street.

Behind the school crossing guard Marian Davis holds down the fort.

"You got to turn around," Davis tells a driver coming down a one-way street.

We'll begin with Griffin.

"I needed a job when I first took the job," she said.

That was more than 30 years ago and she's never missed a chance to offer a gentle wave with a bit of advice.

"Turn in that first parking lot," she tells a passing driver.

Never missed an opportunity to do more than just direct traffic. A momma, an enforcer armed with a shiny whistle in uniform.

"I love the job and I love the children. It's been a great experience," said Griffin.

On the backside of Seth Johnson Elementary School, Davis feels the same way. In fact:

"I gave up another job to do this because this is what I always wanted to do and that is to be a patrol lady," said Davis.

There are more than 60 school guards in Montgomery and they say this is more than a job. It's a calling.

"You gotta want to do this," said Griffin.

The job itself can be dangerous. Griffin says someone ran over her foot one time but no big deal. What is a big deal is that she and Davis believe they have made a difference in the lives of thousands of children over the years.

"Even the ones I had one patrol duty with me, they always come back and say Ms. Griffin 'you're still here.' That makes me feel good to know," said Griffin.

"I always felt like this is what I wanted to do," Davis said.

Most public schools in Montgomery have anywhere from one to three school crossing guards and they get paid up to $15.00 an hour.

Marche Griffin and Marian Davis, two crossing guards, two women guarding the lives of the little ones.

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