96-year-old still working as crossing guard


PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (CNN) — A 96-year-old volunteer is being recognized for more than 30 years of dedication to the community.

Jack Schreckengost has sat under the same tree for more than 30 years. He’s constantly checking his watch, counting down the time for school to let out.

You can find him each morning and afternoon on the corner of Victoria Park helping students and parents from Vista Monte Elementary School cross the street. 

“Meeting the people, meeting the children and when they come up some of them roll the window and say, Hi Jack!, and they wave, well thats nice, I just like it,” Schreckengost said. 

It’s no surprise Jack enjoys his retirement meeting people as a volunteer crossing guard. 

Before calling Palm Springs his home in the ’80s, he was a milk delivery man, delivering home to home in Torrance. 

“I really don’t call this a job, I call this a position,” Schreckengost said.

The city of Palm Springs and the school district will honor 96-year-old Jack for his dedication.

“Crossing guards that I knew, and they joined after me and they die… and I’m still here,” Schreckengost said. 

IF it is up to him, he will celebrate his 100th birthday in the very same spot, and people support him on the idea.

“Every year, they talk to me and say, now remember you told us you were going to be here for your 100th birthday, we want to see, we will come see you,” Schreckengost said. 


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