Crossing guard at Park Slope school for over 45 years celebrates 90th birthday

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Monday, January 29, 2024
Crossing guard for over 45 years celebrates 90th birthday
Kemberly Richardson has the story.

PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A crossing guard for more than 45 years turned 90 years old Sunday.

Maggie Poston has worked at the same post in Park Slope outside of P.S. 282 since the 1970s.

To celebrate her decades of service, NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell brought her flowers while she was at work Monday.

"If anyone is at work today, including myself, who feels tired, just come see Ms. Maggie here, and I think you shouldn't be tired," said Chief Chell. "Anyone who is 90 years old, standing on a street corner in Brooklyn keeping our kids safe in the cold weather, gets all the accolades we can give her."

Poston calls her job a labor of love. She says the children keep her coming back to her post each day.

Poston helps roughly 250 students cross the street each day, and her record in her 45 plus years as a crossing guard has been stellar.

"We've had one child hit by a car and she wasn't here, and we haven't had any other children hit by a car because she makes sure that everyone stops," said Katerina Sidbury, assistant principal.

Outside of her role in the community, Poston is a mother and grandmother.

She plans to retire in June.

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