Neighborhood Veteran Volunteers to Help Keep Kids Safe: September Above & Beyond Award
On a rainy Wednesday morning, Matthew Davis is found in a neon yellow jumpsuit and army boots directing school buses, cars and students safely in, out and around Jardine Academy. You can find Davis here every morning and every afternoon rain or shine. Davis is a retired United States Army veteran, father, volunteer traffic director and now the September Above & Beyond Award recipient.
Davis, who lives across the street from Jardine Academy, saw a need for assistance in traffic directing after the first few days of school this year. Since then, Davis has used his military traffic planning skills to help make arriving and departing school safer for students, staff and other vehicles. He takes the responsibility seriously and has done research to confirm that he is following city and state traffic laws. Davis is working to find and coordinate additional volunteers to help in his effort. He was nominated for the Above & Beyond Award by Nick Grummert, assistant principal at Jardine Elementary School, for his kindness, willingness to help and positive attitude.
Davis and his family have put down roots in the neighborhood by Jardine Academy and are glad to help make it safer for everyone. Volunteering puts his mind at ease to know that students are making it to and from school safely, including his first grade son at Jardine Elementary. He is happy to be able to strap on his army boots to once again go above and beyond to help his community.
*Originally posted September 5, 2018