One of Columbia County’s finest is getting some national recognition.
If you’ve driven along William Few Parkway during school hours, you’ve probably seen Nathan Jackson in action helping get kids across the road and parents to Columbia Middle School.
Jackson ranked 8 in “America’s Favorite Crossing Guard but if you ask parents, they’ll tell you he’s number 1.
“He really does a good job stopping and directing traffic, letting the kids cross the street…knowing when to slow each lane down,” said Parent Kimberly Lane.
In fact, Jackson is so good that more than 2,000 people voted for him in the Safe Kids Worldwide “America’s Favorite Crossing Guard” competition.
“I get a lot of feedback from the parents. I have random drivers who roll down their window and say, ‘Hey, you’re doing a good job.’ I get a lot of feedback from Facebook. All the kids know me by now. I know them by name,” said Jackson.
That’s why Nathan says he does his job every morning and afternoon.
Somebody’s got to get these kids across and I do it for the kids, ya know,” said Jackson.
I asked him how he feels about getting such a high honor- top ten, up against hundreds of other crossing guards nationwide.
“Growing up as a child, I always wanted a job where I could help people. Yeah, first place would have been nice but in the end you have to remember that the nomination is what counts and knowing that you do a good job everyday,” said Jackson.
He has a message for everyone who voted for him.
“I want to thank everyone who voted for me and support me. Ya’ll make me proud to wear this uniform and come out here and do what I do every day,” said Jackson.
The principal at Columbia Middle School says there’s no one else he’d rather have as a crossing guard other than Nathan Jackson.