Crossing guards for all children

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Your cover photo of the children trying to cross Oak Park Avenue [News, May 1] horrified me! If these children are walking to school, I would assume they live in Oak Park and their parents are already paying taxes to District 97. What would it cost D97 to educate all the children in private schools? Crossing guards are a bargain! Why would anyone want to discriminate against a child's safety? Crossing guards for all children should be a mandatory village
safety issue.

Jean Divane

Oak Park

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Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 15th, 2013 2:33 PM

@OP Resident, It's also important to remind children and adults that the "stop for pedestrians in crosswalks" warning signs do not guarantee that an approaching car will do so and that distracted or negligent drivers may not have noticed you and stop their vehicle. I would like to see Oak Park police increase patrol and enforcement and around our schools during arrival and dismissal times.

OP resident  

Posted: May 15th, 2013 2:24 PM

Crossing guards are good things - but they need to use some sense. Stopping traffic when kids are still half way down the block teaches the kids that someone will always make way for them. Crossing guards should wait till the kids get to the corner, wait for some kind of break in the traffic, and remind the kids to always look both ways - even when the guard is there. It's a habit that may save their life someday.

4 Freedom  

Posted: May 11th, 2013 8:18 PM

Jean if it horrifies you so much why don't you become a volunteer crossing guard instead of asking others to pay for your choices.

4 Freedom  

Posted: May 11th, 2013 8:10 PM

Children's safety is the responsibility of the parents not the village. Concerned parents should either walk or drive their children to school or pay for crossing guards.

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 11th, 2013 6:53 PM

The problem as stated is who will pay for the crossing guards. Private school parents are hoping the village will pick of the tab, general taxpayers are unwilling to pay more taxes for students in private school. Now that the need for crossing guards for private schools has become a focus, if not bailed out by the village, parents of pvt. schools will be paying increased tuition costs this fall.


Posted: May 10th, 2013 8:46 AM

The children's safety while walking through the village is the village's responsibility. Whether they are walking to private school or the grocery store is irrelevant. There seemed to be lots of concern about children's safety when Irving School was seeking funds for its new playground. This is a far more urgent safety issue.

RLM from Oak Park  

Posted: May 10th, 2013 12:12 AM

Its so funny I see this letter, just yesterday I remarked that Julian MS has FOUR crossing guards...2 at Washington and 2 at Madison. Brooks has 1, at Washington and Kenilworth. In the afternoon there appears to be one at Washington and Clinton. NONE at Madison OR Oak Park Avenues...two roads that are easily as busy as Ridgeland and Madison with less lanes and less visibility. So those kids could have very well been D97 kids.

OP Resident  

Posted: May 9th, 2013 10:39 PM

Why won't the private schools these students attend pay for crossing guards? I think THAT should be the question that the parents are asking. If I had a child going to private school and was concerned about safety, I would not wait for someone to step up. I would push the school administration to pay for the guards and get a parent group to pay. Or is there something else going on here?

Brent from Oak Park  

Posted: May 8th, 2013 10:31 PM

Well put!

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