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GCCISD Crossing Guard Dances To Her Own Beat,
Despite Health Concerns
By Beth Dombrowa
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Bonnie Woodard sure knows how to dance like nobody’s watching. The Carver Elementary and Cedar Bayou Junior School crossing guard can be seen every morning and every afternoon busting moves as she greets every student with a humorous nickname or inspirational message.
Since 1990, Woodard worked for GCCISD, most recently as a special needs aide. In 2007, however, she retired due to medical reasons. She came out of retirement last year to financially help a struggling niece, and a position as a crossing guard was a perfect fit for Woodard, who absolutely loves children. This year, she’s easily recognized at the campuses where she crosses students safely to and from school every day. It’s impossible not to smile at the site of the energetic crossing guard dancing, singing, miming and generally greeting students with genuine enthusiasm.
“God closed one door and opened another,” Woodard said. “I love kids and want to do anything I can to put a smile on their face before they start their school day. We never know what they’re going through, so I put my own flare on it to make them feel positive.”
Woodard maintains that positivity and love for children despite serious health problems. She’s battled cancer for years, and the breast cancer she fought and beat once before is back. She also suffers from fibromyalgia. All the dance moves she does actually provide some pain relief, in addition to keeping her spirits up and putting smiles on the faces of the students she safely escorts across the street, as well as parents and bus drivers dropping kids off at school. Besides her own health concerns, Woodard helps to care for her mother who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Every day, Woodard has a message for students, whether it’s “Tickle Tuesday,” where she encourages students to cheer up a friend with a joke, or “Thrilling Thursday,” when she reminds them to thrill their teachers with hard work. She calls them by humorous nicknames as well; there’s “Educator,” a student who is an enthusiastic reader, the “Royal Family,” several family members who walk together to school every day, and “Shades,” a student who wears sunglasses on his way into the campus.
“I love all my babies,” she said. “I love that they go into school with a smile because of something funny I had to say.”
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