Pinellas school crossing guard vying for state's best

PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Paige Sherry, a Pinellas County elementary school crossing guard, is up for a state honor as the best crossing guard in Florida, on Florida School Crossing Guard Day.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri presented Sherry with the best attendance award Friday morning at an awards ceremony.

Out of her three years at the road crossing, she's missed a total of 2 days.

She's been shuffling kids across the road from Lake St. George Elementary in Palm Harbor every Monday through Friday and has been loving every single second of it.

"They tell me about their baseball games, and softball, all of their extra curricular activities and what they like to do. I remember and ask them about it," Sherry said.

She greets them all by name, they all know hers, and parents driving their cars wave as they pass by.

On top of that, she also remembers who crosses her stop at what time of the day.

Her first kids come through at about 8:05 am.

"You can see him coming up the hill right there, that's Kendrick, he's usually my first one. And Ben as well, Ben will come up on his bicycle and I'm surprised I haven't seen him yet," she says as she spied them in the distance.

Some of her kids give her hugs, even though by standards, she's not supposed to, but she can't resist.

She's become so beloved that neighbors actually donated a stone plaque in a landscaped corner that marks it as "Paige's Corner."

Sherry worked in the corporate world for a number of years, but left to get out of the rat race, and raise her daughter, who's now a 22 year-old attending USF.

Just getting to do the job is enough for her, but the honors she's been receiving, just sends her over the moon.

"I do it for the kids, I love seeing them every morning," she told ABC Action News.

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