Local school crossing guard up for national recognition

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Matthew Davis needs your votes to win the title of America’s Favorite Crossing Guard.

After retiring from the Army as a Combat Engineer, Davis saw the need for a crossing guard at Jardine Academy and took it upon himself to volunteer for the position.

At the start of the school year, he noticed a lot of kids crossing the street to the school, but no crossing guard to keep them safe.

"Part of [them] are riding in cars and part of [them] are walking on foot,” Davis said. “The combination of the two on such a busy street is a recipe for issues."

Davis spoke with the school and has controlled the traffic outside Jardine Academy ever since.

His efforts earned him a nomination to be America’s Favorite Crossing Guard, a competition put on by Safe Kids Worldwide.

"It makes me feel good that so many family and friends and neighbors appreciate what we're doing here,” Davis said. “It's not just a one man deal. There's lots of us that do this and a lot of them do it without any recognition whatsoever, because that's not what's important. It's the kids that are important."

First, second and third place in the competition win prize money for their schools, up to ten thousand dollars, but Davis said there is more to it than just the money.

"Every vote is a click of someone who's going there and looking at what's available,” Davis said. “Information, research they put out, information about children safety [the] dos and don’ts."

To vote for Davis you can click here!

Voting ends Friday, November 30 at midnight and you can vote once per day.