Crossing guard 'Mama' a cornerstone of Seattle neighborhood

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 15, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 16 at 5:25 PM

SEATTLE -- A Seattle great-grandmother who should be retired does something every day that makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of kids.

Every morning and every afternoon for the last 25 years, Henrietta Swan-Price stands at 31st and Yesler allowing kids to cross the street safely to Leschi Elementary School.

She treats each child as if they're her own, calling many of them "precious" as they high-five her on their way into class. They call her "Mama Henrietta."

"I don't know what we would do without her," said one parent.

Swan-Price is so beloved by the community, when the crossing guard program was cut from the Seattle Police Department, the parents at Leschi were willing to dig into their own pockets in order to keep her.

"The community had come to me and said if you don't quit, we will pay your salary," said Swan-Price.

Swan-Price is one of the longest serving crossing guard in Seattle Public Schools. She also owns a hat shop on Madison.

If you know someone in your community who is making a difference in the lives of others, email us at makingadifference@king5.com.

 

 

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