HIGH 5

Crossing guard pair goes extra mile to keep kids safe

Mar 1, 2018, 7:01 AM | Updated: 10:43 pm

MILLCREEK — Highland Drive is one of the busiest streets in the Salt Lake Valley, connecting Sugar House with Holladay. There’s rarely a dull moment from the morning rush to the evening commute.

“Most schools don’t have a major highway they’re crossing.”

Kids who go to William Penn Elementary cross that street every day. 

“Nobody slows down for school zones. They think the yellow flashing is a caution for the Indy 500.”

That’s where Oke Wiberg and his wife come into play.

Nelda is a paid crossing guard, and Oke provides the support by holding up a big “SLOW DOWN School Zone” sign.

“These people won’t slow down,” he says. “I found out if I put the sign out here, wave it at them, it gets their attention, they will slow down.

There are flashing lights and signs at this intersection, but it’s these two words that make all the difference.

“It just makes it easier for people to see ‘slow down.’ A lot of people come in and they see the sign and say, ‘Oh yeah, OK.'”

“That sign helps amazingly enough,” one person nearby said.

I personally drive this street probably 20 times a day. I see his sign, and I look at that and I think, ‘This is going above and beyond.'”

KSL wanted to give Oke and Nelda a High 5.

William Penn’s principal said the High 5 is much deserved.

“The fact that these guys are taking the time out of their busy lives to protect our kids says a lot about them,” Penn said.

Oke and Nelda have gotten to know the kids well, even dressing up in funny outfits from time to time to brighten their day — like the animal hats they were wearing Thursday.

“He bought his hat in California like five yeas ago,” Nelda said. “We liked it so well that when we started doing this, he said, ‘Well I’m going to wear my dog hat.’ And I said, ‘Well I don’t have one.’ So he went out and bought me one.”

“St. Patrick’s Day is coming,” Oke said. “I’ll dress up like a leprechaun and pass out little gold coins.”

 

KSL 5 TV Live

High 5

(KSL TV)...

Dan Spindle, KSL TV

HIGH 5: Utah Group Packs Thousands Of Bags To Feed Kids Through Summer Months

There are Utah children who won't go hungry thanks to some caring volunteers with USANA Kids Eat.

3 years ago

Chris Schunk is a special education teacher at Snowcrest Junior High School. (KSL TV)...

Haley Smith, Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

High 5: Special Ed Teacher Treats Students As People First

Students and parents at Snowcrest Junior High couldn’t imagine a day without special education teacher Chris Schunk as they navigated the highs and lows of the last school year in the middle of the pandemic.  

3 years ago

Crossing Guard Verl Creager makes sure to wave at every car, every day. (KSL TV)...

Haley Smith & Matthew Jacobson, KSL TV

High 5: Crossing Guard’s Kind Gesture Brightens Community

Verl Creager is the school crossing guard at Valley Elementary School. Many don't know his name, but they know who he is because of a simple gesture. He makes sure to wave at every car that passes by.

3 years ago

Photo provided by Sticky Chicken...

Dan Spindle & Matthew Jacobson, KSL TV

High 5: Cooking Up Life Lessons That Stick At Sticky Bird

Sticky Bird in Farmington seems like any other fast, casual chicken restaurant, but what happens behind the scenes is the real recipe for a better life. 

3 years ago

(KSL TV)...

Shara Park, KSL TV

High 5: Utahns Step Up To Help Clear The Snow

During the recent winter storms, countless Utahns stepped up to help both neighbors and strangers clear snow.

3 years ago

...

Grant Weyman & Matthew Jacobson, KSL TV

High 5: Grant Elementary Grateful For Attentive Principal

At Grant Elementary School in Murray, there are some very grateful people who appreciate their principal. 

3 years ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Crossing guard pair goes extra mile to keep kids safe