I still haven't made any headway on getting a crossing guard near Zari's elementary school. I've talked multiple times to the school transportation department, the state highway department, the police chief, and more. Since no one was willing to DO anything, I took matters into my own hands:
With the police chief's blessing, I should add. He said he couldn't technically give me crossing guard equipment for liability reasons, but...
"But," I asked him, "there's nothing stopping me from buying my own equipment?"
The crossing guard equipment makes a huge difference. Cars actually stop for us (they're legally required to at the crosswalk, but that doesn't mean anything in our town). I get a kick out of holding the stop sign and blasting my whistle at drivers who aren't paying attention.
I'd like a more permanent solution to access to this school building, but it does the job for us.