STEPHENVILLE (November 16, 2016) – If you’ve driven down Frey or Dale Streets on a school morning, odds are you’ve seen students crossing the street to Gilbert Intermediate. For the past three years, those students have been able to safely cross thanks to the hard work of Kara Worth, an aide at Gilbert Intermediate.
“Shout out to Kara Worth and all the work she does every single day at Gilbert Intermediate,” SHS art teacher Emily McLemore wrote. “She protects our kids with grace and a smile. She is a positive role model to not only our children, but to the community.”
Of course, the most difficult part of Worth’s job is keeping the students from being hit with the excitement of coming and going as well as the the vehicles and the drivers of those vehicles. And not a single student has been hit on her watch.
“Mostly, it’s dangerous because people are on their cell phones when they are not supposed to be,” Worth said of the danger.
Most people will notice Worth wears many different “wacky” hats. But, what many don’t know is Worth wears these hats for safety purposes.
“Even with the neon vest and the stop sign, [people said] ‘I didn’t see you’,” Worth said. “So I got the flashing hat. It started with that one, and I now have eight hats. People really notice those hats.”
Throughout the school year, Worth works at the crosswalk in every kind of weather. As long as kids are crossing the street, she is outside, making sure they are safe.
“I have to be here at 7:15 a.m.,” Worth said. “I’m supposed to be out there at 7:20 basically until 7:55 and then from 3:25 until 3:55 p.m.”
In between these rush hours, Worth works lunch duty, in the office, as an inclusion aide and occasionally as a substitute.
“The best part is getting to know the kids, getting to know their problems and know what’s going on with them in their lives,” Worth said. “It’s fun learning about them and watching them grow.”