Good News: Stopping traffic with smiles

Dream job at 80

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - When John Weathers was first offered a job as a school crossing guard, he said no.

"He was resistant to the idea. He was very happy with his honey-do list and his gardening," said Tamara Davis-Jack, crossing guard coordinator for Park Inc. which services Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

John, who was 77 years old and retired at the time, finally came around to the idea after coming out to Selwyn Elementary and Alexander Graham Middle, to see how the job goes.

"It's unbelievable," said John, "Sometimes I pinch myself and say John is that really you?"

He's been parked at the corner of Barclay Downs and Runnymeade every school day morning and afternoon for 3 years and he insists he'll stay until his body is no longer able to escort students safely across crosswalks from the school.

He's 80 now. Thursday afternoon, we spent some time with him and witnessed dozens of horn honks and waves from children in passing cars. Almost every child he walked across the street said hello and smiled. He smiled, and laughed, more.

"It adds to the community instead of he's just there to do a job. He's there because he wants to be there," said Gary Sobel, whose two sons go to Selwyn Elementary.

It's obvious one of the most popular guys at either school is John. He says, "It fills my heart up."

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