Carl Smith Recognized as one of America’s Favorite Crossing Guards
Carl Smith, a Santa Clara Police Department crossing guard, is a familiar face at Sutter Elementary School as he greets students and families every morning and afternoon to help them safely on their travels.
Always wearing a smile, Carl dashes out with his stop sign and whistle to help “his kids” cross the street in front of the school. It’s not enough for Carl to just keep the kids safe. “I like to get to know my families so they know I’m more than a face,” he explains as he waves and says hello to a passing driver. The school staff say he’s their favorite way to start the day. The students know he’s one of those special adults they can talk to because he genuinely cares.
Carl was nominated to become America’s Best Crossing Guard by Sutter Elementary and after all nationwide votes were cast, he came in an impressive 10th in the Nation. However, in the eyes of Sutter Elementary School, he will always be number one!
Carl was recognized for his passion and dedication to his job at the Santa Clara Unified School District Board meeting on April 11 and in front of the Sutter Elementary School student body at an assembly on April 12. Congratulations Carl!
For more information about the adult crossing guard program, including employment opportunities available, please call Community Service Officer Taylor Carpenter at (408)615-4875.