Do you live in Hastings? Need something to do a couple hours a day to stay active? Retired and looking for something to earn a little extra money? Love kids? Want to do something for them and the community?
This may be for you.
The Hastings City Police Department is looking for full and part-time school crossing guards for one hour in the morning and one in the afternoon at cross walks to keep kids safe when crossing streets on their way to and from school.
“There really aren’t that many kids that walk to school, but there are enough so they need help getting across the street,” Deputy Chief Dale Boulter said. “You get to know your corner, you get to know the kids and the kids look forward to seeing their guard every day. When one of us fills in for a regular, the kids always ask where they are.”
Ideally, a candidate lives nearby “their" corner. Guards can be a man or woman, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, anyone with a sincere interest. There is no upper age limit, but a guard has to be at least 18, Boulter said. It’s usually not a full hour on a corner, he added. Pay is every two weeks and is about $180 before taxes.
Those interested can call for more information or stop at the police department at Hastings City Hall and pick up an application. New guards watch a video and get basic instructions that take about an hour that includes time for questions.
Hastings Police are responsible for providing guards at Broadway and Green, Clinton and Broadway, Hanover and Grand and Michigan and Grant.