CHAMPION - Central Elementary students have a very special group of adults looking out for them.
Alexandra Nannicola, school principal, said the Central's Care Crew Council was recently formed to assist in keeping Central students safe while also promoting positive student conduct through appropriate role modeling.
The senior citizen residents currently on the council include Chuck Fender, who helped spearhead the council's formation, Charles Fisher, Stan Petrick, Roger Samuelson, Larry Dueber, John Russell, Charlie Stingel and Kenneth Gore.
Nannicola said all council members are Champion residents, graduates of Champion, or have grandchildren currently attending Champion Central.
Nannicola facilitates the council.
Fender, who talked about of the program at a recent board of education meeting, said the members, who wear brightly colored vests, wanted to help provide extra safety in the morning when students are coming to school and in the afternoon when students are leaving. The school is located on state Route 45, which is heavily traveled.
He said the goal is to help provide safety for the students and serve as positive role models.
The members will be near the main school entrance and office area and also area where students are dropped off.
Council members launched the program in March by greeting and assisting students as they enter Central at the start of the school day. The Council hopes other retirees will join them to make it possible to expand their service to students on the playground and lunch room.
For more information on the Care Crew, call 330-847-2328.