Heartland school crossing guard helps keep kids safe

William Houghton makes sure kids get across the street safely in Macon, Mo.

You may see them every day or you may have grown up with one making sure you get to school safely; we are talking about crossing guards.

One Heartland woman wants to make sure crossing guards get recognition and one in particular in Macon, Mo.

"I think it's kind of a thankless job, but we should say thank you," says parent Jennifer Johnson.

Every day, twice a day for a few hours, William Houghton makes sure kids get across the street safely.

"I just really like Mr. Houghton. He's got a great sense of humor, and I asked his wife why does he do this? She said he just loves the kids and he loves being out here and seeing the people," Johnson said.

Mr. Houghton says he's been making sure kids get to school safely for a little more than six years.

"Iâ??m here rain, shine, snow, blow, snow that deep, I'm here."

He says he enjoys speaking with the children and many have even come back even after graduating.

"I talk to them quite a bit. I ask them what they're going to do when they get out of school and they tell me different things, they going to be a doctor, go into politics or whatever."

Jennifer Johnson says during National School Crossing Day on May 7, parents and children should recognize their crossing guards.

"If parents maybe some teachers could drop off some cookies, have the kids make him a card, this is a good time to teach students about safety and also about being a good citizen by saying thank you,"

But for Houghton, whether he gets thank yous or not, it doesn't matter.

"I enjoy getting the kids across the street safely, I enjoy that."