Sandy crossing guard retiring after more than 30 years

May 14, 2024, 7:00 AM | Updated: 12:55 pm

Image of a crosswalk sign. A crossing guard in Sandy, Utah, is retiring, after helping students cro...

A crossing guard in Sandy, Utah, is retiring, after helping students cross the street safely for more than 30 years. (Photo: Shutterstock)

(Photo: Shutterstock)

SANDY– A Sandy crossing guard is retiring after more than 30 years of helping students get across the street safely.

Janice Parker found her passion as a crossing guard while she was a parent. She decided to hop in and help out, and the rest is history.

“I was taking my kids to Park Lane Elementary, and the crossing guard there was crossing lots of kids, and she was pregnant,” Parker said. “I kind of felt sorry for her, and so I parked my car after I dropped my kids off and I asked if I could help her.”

Since that day when her crossing guard career began, Parker has become Sandy Police’s first ever crossing guard supervisor. She now schedules and trains all of Sandy’s school crossing guards. She says crossing guards serve an important purpose that makes a real impact on the community.

“I am passionate about it because it keeps the kids safe,” Parker said. “Crossing guards are very much needed even though they’re rarely recognized. They do an important job.”

The crossing guard said that even though she is ready for retiring, it is bittersweet.

“I have developed a rapport and a friendship with all the crossing guards and I am going to really miss that,” Parker expressed. “I love doing this. I have been doing this for 30 years or so and I just love doing it.”

Keep reading:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Education + Schools

Utah Education Association President Renée Pinkney speaks at a press conference near the Matheson ...

Eric Cabrera

Utah teachers union files lawsuit against scholarship/voucher program

The Utah Education Association says the Utah Education Fits All scholarship is unconstitutional.

4 minutes ago

Rare earth minerals...

Don Brinkerhoff

Rare earth minerals found in Utah, Colorado, are critical for cleaner energy sources

Rare earth minerals have been found in Utah and Colorado mines according to University of Utah researchers.

1 day ago

food is sorted, kids more open to food insecurity during summer months...

Britt Johnson

Summertime leaves kids vulnerable to food insecurity

The president of the Utah Food Bank said kids who rely on school breakfast and lunch will face food insecurity this summer.

2 days ago

Photo courtesy of Getty Images...

Curt Gresseth

Liberal arts education is a good choice for students, says professor

Education in the liberal arts is trending down in the US, but a University of Pennsylvania professor argues for pursuing liberal arts.

4 days ago

students walk on the U of U campus,...

Aimee Cobabe

University of Utah changes policy on tuition coverage for student employees

The University of Utah is changing its policy on covering tuition costs for employees. Not everyone is pleased with this change.

5 days ago

Gardens grown at the Utah State Correctional Facility...

Heather Peterson

New department prepares inmates for life after prison

A new prison program aims to help inmates gain work skills and training to to be successful for life after prison.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

Sandy crossing guard retiring after more than 30 years