Roseville crossing guard keeps kids safe, traffic moving

Retired man directs traffic outside Kaseberg Elementary School
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Each morning before school, Wayne Pulling can be found standing at the intersection of Main Street and Porter Drive in Roseville.

Pulling often walks into the center of the busy intersection, where he makes hand gestures and arm movements and blows his whistle. Pulling, 59, is a crossing guard for Kaseberg Elementary School where he works each morning from 7-9 a.m. and afternoon from 1:30-3:30 p.m. manning the streets.

He’s out there every day school’s in session — unless he happens to be on vacation. Crossing guards in the Roseville City School District are paid by the Roseville Police Department.

1. Are you always at this school?

Yes, this intersection is assigned to me.

2. How long have you been doing crossing guard work?

I started right after I retired in 2008, so I’d say the 2008-09 (school year).

3. Why did you originally want to become a crossing guard?

I was looking for something to occupy my time after retirement and this was a nice little part-time job, and kind of interesting and challenging to some degree. It’s just something to keep me busy during retirement. (Previously), I was a supervisor with the U.S. Post Office.

4. What do you enjoy about being a crossing guard?

I think just watching the kids and being able to help move things in the morning and afternoon. The biggest thing is to keep the traffic flowing and the kids safe and just make it comfortable for everybody. Keeping the kids safe is the ultimate thing I’m out here for.

5. How do the kids respond to you?

They are very good. They watch my hand signals. They know where I’m going to go, when I’m going to go and so it’s kind of a mutual thing — they know me and I know them. I know which direction they’re coming from and which direction they’re going to go.

Kaseberg is a great school to work with. I work with them on helping them out where I can in terms of watching the kids and if they leave the campus in the morning after school started and I’m still here, then I let (the school) know. So we kind of work together even though I don’t work for them. It’s just fun. I enjoy it.