From chiropractor to crossing guard

As a respected local chiropractor, Cheryl Haugh spent decades helping Oak Park area clients on their path to relief and recovery. Retired for the past couple years, she is now helping many of their children on their path to school. As a crossing guard, she spends her mornings and afternoons shepherding students across busy Lake Street on their way to and from Beye School.

“I’ve been surprised how much I am enjoying this,” Haugh said. “Oak Parkers are so friendly in the morning. I love greeting the kids and setting the tone for their day. I’m the first outsider they see and I feel an obligation to be sunny for them. And then I see them at the end of the school day, like bookends.”

School crossing guard Cheryl Haugh helps students cross Lake Street from Harvey on Thursday, Sept. 15, in Oak Park. | Alex Rogals

As she has become a fixture in their lives, Haugh has been privy to some interesting conversations with her young charges. Like the girl who proudly shared that she was wearing a special sparkly tutu, which was invisible to Haugh — until the girl advised that she had tucked it into her tights so it wouldn’t get dirty on the way to school.

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