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Volunteers needed for 'rewarding' school crossing guard positions

Published Tuesday, February 5, 2019

DIS crossing guard David Moehlman

DIS volunteer crossing guard David Moehlman stops car traffic before school on January 29, 2019. (BCSD photo)

With about a half dozen intersections directly connecting Daniel Island School to its surrounding neighborhood, there’s a need that sets the campus apart from other Berkeley County schools.

On a rainy day, more than half of Daniel Island School’s student population makes its way to and from school by walking or riding a bike. When the weather is nice, the number of feet scurrying through those intersections is larger and racks on each side of the school designed to hold hundreds of bikes overflow.

Adding the movement of cars, golf carts and the occasional dog-walker makes those busy areas around the school even more intense. In fact, DIS volunteer crossing guard David Moehlman said things can get “crazy.”

It was during one of those manic moments that Mr. Moehlman decided he needed to volunteer.

“The main reason I did it was because I saw the principal outside the school, standing in one of the intersections,” he said. “I thought, ‘there is no reason the principal of the school needs to be outside directing traffic.’ … If we didn’t have somebody there, I don’t know. There are so many cars out there.”

DIS Principal Kori Brown agrees it’s not ideal, but when there aren’t enough volunteers, administrators and teachers do what they can, the best they can, to maintain a safe environment. All intersections directly connected to the school are covered with the help of a few volunteers, educators and the school resource officer, but backups are needed.

“We would really appreciate it (more volunteers),” Mrs. Brown said with her hands passionately clasped after counting the intersections and people assigned to cover them.

Mr. Moehlman said his decision to help was an easy one. What surprised him was the reward.

If you stand on the corner of Daniel Island Drive and Purcell Lane, the level of appreciation is visible in the form of morning greetings, smiles, fist bumps, high fives and showings of gratitude.

“People are very appreciative. I get at least two or three comments a day, people thanking me for being out here. Especially on the cold days, on the rainy days, people are very appreciative that you’re out there and watching out for kids, their kids,” he said.

When it comes to volunteering, working as a crossing guard is one of the easiest things Mr. Moehlman has ever done. His morning doesn’t start until after the school day begins, and he lives just a few streets from one of the busiest school intersections.

“If you want to give back to a school, this is probably the easiest way to do it,” he said.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer crossing guard at Daniel Island School, please complete this Google form. If you are interested in becoming a crossing guard at one of BCSD’s other schools, please contact our safety/security office at 843-899-8330.

Brian Troutman