NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Soon schools around the state will be open, and that means school crossing guards will be making sure children get to class safely.
In New Haven, the Director of Transportation met with guards Monday morning to make sure they're in perfect form.
New Haven's school crossing guards take their job very seriously, especially when cars just don't stop.
"I'm in the middle of the street and they don't stop and then I have to put myself in front of them so they could stop, so they won't hit my kids," said crossing guard Leacy Davis. "I have to put my life in danger for my kids, that's what I do."
The city is meeting with its 53 school crossing guards getting them ready and honoring those with years of service. Working in tough neighborhoods for just about minimum wage, not to mention the weather.
Ann Marie Bracale has been crossing in the rain, sleet and snow for 35 years.
"I love being with the kids some need that little extra hug, some need that little encouragement to face the day and that gets me going," said crossing guard Bracale.
"You know when something is different you know, when there is a car lurking on the corner that is not supposed to be there, you guys are our eyes and ears out there," said Asst. Chief Luiz Casanova, New Haven PD.
As the crossing guards get ready to hit the streets, they have strong message for drivers.
"Please slow down," said Davis, "please."
They will be out there for the first day of school on August 28th.
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