WA welcomes new crossing guard Patty Green


Deepa Gautam

WA crossing guard Patty Green directs traffic here in the morning.

Deepa Gautam, Staff Writer

Patty Green is the new morning crossing guard. She is looking forward to the upcoming year.

Q: What made you want to be the crossing guard here at WA?

A: I had experience being one before at another city outside of Westford […] I also had three kids who went through the Westford school systems.

Q: How busy are typical days? What does a typical day look like?

A: I usually get here at 6:50 am and the shift is over by 7:45 am […] There are usually lots of cars and it is busy.

Q: What skills do you think are needed for the job?

A: It is important to be very aware of surroundings and being cautious while watching [the flow of traffic] […] [and] being friendly with kids. Common sense is really important as well. 

Q: What are some activities you enjoy outside of being the crossing guard?

A: [I] generally have a busy life, taking care of my grandchildren and family […] [and]  staying the glue of the family. [After cross guarding], I like to go walking and I love to cook.

Q: What jobs or activities were you doing before coming to WA as the crossing guard? 

A: I had been working as a crossing guard in other cities […] and [I am] a stay-at-home mom.

Q: What is your favorite part about this job so far?

A: I love having interaction with kids in the morning.

Q: How dangerous is your job? 

A: [It is] not too dangerous as long as you are cautious and aware of your surroundings.

Q: How do you like Westford and WA? 

A: I love Westford and WA. [I have] lived here for 21 years.  I’ve been a sub at Westford Public schools before, and have been able to see how the schools operate. This is a great school system with great people and kids.