Soldiers help keep children safe daily at local El Paso schools
Updated: Friday, February 21 2014, 08:17 AM MST
By: Chrisdyann Uribe
EL PASO, Texas—Soldiers help the students at Bill Sybert School and other schools cross the street every morning.
“We come in here and help assist the crossing guards where they’re short staffed because there’s only a limited number of those so we supplement that and make sure children get across the street safe,” said Sgt. Michael Alderson.
The soldiers ensure that kids get in the classroom safe and parents move freely as they pass through the street.
They also help with other tasks throughout the school.
“Soldiers started coming in and saying, we want to do more, we want to do more. It expended to where we brought medics over here to come screen. We started reading programs with the school. We escort and chaperone,” said Lt. Colonel Lawrence White.
Staff at Bill Sybert school told KFOX14 it was very grateful to have the soldiers come by to assist.
“They’re coming here on their time making sure that all of these beautiful children that they don’t know personally are safe,” Cynthia Velazquez, assistant principal.
It’s something that look forward to on a daily basis even if they aren’t working.
“They can’t wait to come back. They come in on their off times. They can have a day off from the army and they’ll still come here and still provide that service,” White said.