NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — For most parents, there’s typically nothing all that exciting when it comes to dropping off and picking up the kids from school. That is, unless you’re in Newtown where a one-of-a kind crossing guard is bringing smiles to faces young and old.
In a world of conventionality, Kat Holick brings her own unique, rhythmic flair to her job in Newtown.
“I realized it was similar to dance moves, just swaying back and forth as the cars would go back and forth,” Holick says. “I would hear their music so I decided to give this a shot because my smiles were already providing so much happiness.”
Her moves and contagious smile are always a hit with drivers and walkers around schools in town where she’s directed traffic since last fall.
For Holick, cheers of encouragement are par for the course but some drivers can’t help themselves from joining in the fun.
“I see a lot of them dancing, I see them driving along, all ages,” Holick says. “I’ve had little old ladies dancing in their cars.”
Holick says appreciative parents and students have given her everything from gift cards and flowers to jewelry as a way of saying thanks for putting a smile on their face.
But for this guard in a community that has faced so much heartache, her message is a simple one.
“Anger and sadness will never get you through your problems,” she says. “Happiness and smiles will.”
Keith Kountz reporting