The Legendary Miss Peggy

Do you know Miss Peggy? If you’ve driven past Washington Elementary on a weekday morning during the past 22 years, you probably do. She is the crossing guard dressed like a lollypop, or Spongebob, or a turkey, or a taco, or a donut, or any of few dozen other wacky costumed characters.

Miss Peggy has been a crossing guard at Washington since 1999, and she also now works as a health clerk and occasional recess monitor. She started dressing up to brighten the days of students and drivers, and soon members of the community began donating costumes for her to wear as she helps kids cross the street safely. A closet in the school is now filled, floor-to-ceiling, with hats, puppets, scarves, gloves, frocks, tunics, and other costume pieces.

To Washington students, parents, and staff, Miss Peggy is more than a crossing guard. She’s a bright start to the school day. She’s a daily symbol of care and love. She’s a crucial and beloved part of the school community.

Thank you, Miss Peggy, for your commitment to keeping students safe and smiling!

Are you or someone you know interested in working in our schools a few hours a day? We’re hiring for positions like Miss Peggy’s at schools around the district, including crossing guards, health clerks, recess monitors and more. Learn more and apply at

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