Cross-Walk This Way for Your Next Job

CBS 21

How about this, $13 an hour with weekends off? Sounds pretty good right?

Yet, you'll still make only about $125 a week. That’s how it works, if Your Next Job is a school crossing guard in one community.

As students, teachers and parents return to school for the new year, Joel D. Smith learned learned why the Camp Hill community is safer when people step up, including residents nowhere near schools.

At those points where cars and feet need to share the same road, school crossing guards are the safest answer. But the question is, how do you find someone to take such a specific and short shift?

Camp Hill police Chief Douglas Hockenberry it can be rough.

“It's really tough because of time restraints. You are looking anywhere from 7 to 8:30 in the morning to 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon, so it really splits up the day for our crossing guards," Hockenberry said.

Sgt. Michael Bingham has been protecting the Camp Hill community for nearly three decades, and he thinks he can train almost anyone.

“You do have to let the cars know you are in charge, and they must follow your direction," Bingham said. "Stay out in the middle of the intersection until the kids are the entire way across the street, on to the sidewalk."

While Bingham is great at this, for the community, it's best if a full staff of crossing guards is here instead.

“We have to use our police officers and overtime, or take them off their other shifts to work the crosswalks to get the kids to school on time," Hockenberry said. "We'd rather have them doing police work, or general patrol than school crossing.”

Crossing guards in Camp Hill make $13.02 an hour, and they are always looking for new recruits.

Many other central Pennsylvania communities use crossing guards. To see what's needed in your neighborhood, contact your local police department or school district, but remember, the job is rain or shine and hot or cold.

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