Parents, students rally around North Carolina crossing guard going through rough times


Unsung heroes are found in every city and every community.

Some might be easier to spot, especially if they wear a neon vest to work, as in is the case of Wallace Peoples.

Peoples, 62, has worked at Winston Salem, North Carolina’s Sherwood Forest Elementary School as a crossing guard for two years.

Everyone calls him “Mr. Peoples.”

“They are my kids,” Peoples says of the student he helps safely cross the street each day. “I take it very seriously, safety.”

Parents and students have taken notice of his character and commitment.

“He’s just extraordinary,” student Isabel Assouline said. “He helps all of us and keeps us safe, and we all love him.”

In December, Peoples says his car broke down, prohibiting him from coming to work. He also says he spent Christmas Eve in the hospital.

Sherwood Forest Elementary parent Sloane Johnson says she heard about Mr. Peoples’ plight. She posted Monday on Facebook in hopes of getting him some help.

The response was tremendous.

“Within a span of two hours, we had $800 raised and a car donated by another parent,” Johnson said.

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