WHITE CITY, Ore. — A brand new crossing guard at a White Metropolis elementary faculty is catching eyes and making buddies locally, utilizing his distinctive type of directing visitors.
Though being a crossing guard is a severe job, Mario Arenas is holding individuals protected and having enjoyable on the identical time.
“I’ve all the time liked working with youngsters, so it’s form of a dream job if you wish to name it a job, I’ve enjoyable with it from the second I get right here till I depart,” stated Arenas.
He began at Desk Rock Elementary College as an tutorial assistant simply 7 weeks in the past.
Arenas works a number of totally different small jobs round campus, however he’s turning into fairly well-liked as the college’s new crossing guard.
“One of many areas we would have liked help was the crosswalk within the morning, so we requested him sooner or later to do it, gave him instructions and tasks, after which sooner or later I appeared on the market, and he was dancing. I stated to the workers, ‘Is he dancing?’ and so they stated ‘Sure.’ I watched him on the market and it was nice,” stated principal Valerie Shehorn.
Shehorn says college students and oldsters love seeing ‘Mr. Mario’ as he’s known as, each morning.
“To have such a optimistic greeter on the nook, not solely in crosswalk obligation however actually welcoming our Tiger neighborhood to highschool has been fantastic,” stated Shehorn.
Arenas exhibits as much as work in several outfits day by day, however he says they aren’t costumes, “They’re actually not costumes as a result of I put on them off-duty, I simply have them and I like having enjoyable.”
He even goes the additional mile on holidays.
“If there’s a vacation, Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick’s Day, no matter it might be, Halloween, Christmas – I’ll have an outfit for it,” he stated.
Principal Shehorn says the college purchased him his Desk Rock Elementary signal due to his enthusiasm, including that ‘Mr. Mario’ has develop into part of the college’s tradition this yr.
“It’s one thing I don’t see going anyway anytime quickly,” stated Principal Shehorn.
NBC5 Information reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the College of Oregon with a Bachelor’s Diploma in journalism. She additionally minored in sociology.
At school, she coated Oregon athletics for the student-run tv station, Duck TV. When she’s not reporting, she’s studying, climbing and rooting for her favourite groups, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Geese.