Heights crossing guards get a holiday thank-you

Students sing Holiday songs as Spring Lake Heights Police department honored their Crossing Guard Division with a breakfast and a special visit by the kindergarten class from Spring Lake Elementary School on Wednesday December 19,2018. (MARK R. SULLIVAN /THE COAST STAR)

SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS— Kindergartners from Spring Lake Heights Elementary School visited borough hall on Dec. 19 to help show appreciation for the crossing guards who keep them safe going to and from school.

Heights Police Officers Samantha Levy and Raymond Kwiatkowski had organized a holiday breakfast at borough hall for the guards to thank them for their service, and decided to invite the kindergarten class to bring gifts for the guards and spread some holiday cheer.

According to kindergarten teacher Donna Ruane, the students made Christmas cards and snowman ornaments for the crossing guards. She said that she then reached out to the school’s first and second-graders to contribute. They also wrote personalized cards. The first-graders also made snowman doorhangers for the officers.

The kindergarten classes sang Christmas carols, gave cookies to the police “and thanked our Spring Lake Heights Crossing Guards and the Spring Lake Heights Police Department, for all their hard work, and for keeping us safe in Spring Lake Heights,” Ms. Ruane said.

Additionally, she said, “Heights mugs and a candy/coffee goodie bag” were presented by the school staff and administration to the crossing guards.

“It was a thrill to be able to work with the Heights Police Department, the Heights school administration, the elementary school students and teachers to give a special thank you to our Spring Lake Heights crossing guards,” she said.

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