Lake Zurich community honors retiring crossing guard

  • Seth Paine Elementary School crossing guard Curley Strack got a retirement send-off from parents, staff, teachers and students in Lake Zurich. Incoming fourth-grade student Millie O'Leary made a sign for Curley.

    Seth Paine Elementary School crossing guard Curley Strack got a retirement send-off from parents, staff, teachers and students in Lake Zurich. Incoming fourth-grade student Millie O'Leary made a sign for Curley. Courtesy of Erin O'Leary

 
 
Posted6/17/2021 6:00 AM

The Seth Paine Elementary School community came together to recognize the faithful service of their beloved crossing guard Curley Strack.

Seth Paine Elementary School crossing guard Curley Strack is retiring after 19 years. Parents, kids and teachers came out to wish him well.
Seth Paine Elementary School crossing guard Curley Strack is retiring after 19 years. Parents, kids and teachers came out to wish him well. - Courtesy of Erin O'Leary

He served as crossing guard for 19 years, and recently worked at the Miller and Crescent roads crossing in Lake Zurich. Strack waves to passersby and safely gets children across the street.

At the end of the school year, a group of parents, staff and teachers held a retirement ceremony, complete with signs, cards and gifts.

"Mr. Curley received the effort with great appreciation. He spoke of gratitude toward the students, how he thought they are all great kids, and how he was happy to have been helping them for 19 years," parent Erin O'Leary said.

Parents, teachers, staff and students thanked Seth Paine Elementary School crossing guard Curley Strack for his 19 years of service.
Parents, teachers, staff and students thanked Seth Paine Elementary School crossing guard Curley Strack for his 19 years of service. - Courtesy of Erin O'Leary

"He was all smiles when the music teacher, Ms. Schmidt, led the group in a happy retirement song."

O'Leary organized the parents of current and past walkers to come to the send-off. She says Strack enjoys getting to know the children and talking to parents about current events. He is a Knights of Columbus member and local resident. A large sign was presented to Strack and drivers honked as they passed by.

Seth Paine Elementary School crossing guard Curley Strack talks with parents and students at his retirement ceremony in Lake Zurich.
Seth Paine Elementary School crossing guard Curley Strack talks with parents and students at his retirement ceremony in Lake Zurich. - Courtesy of Erin O'Leary

"It was important for us to honor Mr. Curley's 19 years of crossing because he enjoyed getting to know his walkers and their families. We will miss his smile and wave he gave to every car passing through his crosswalk at Miller and Crescent roads," O'Leary said.

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