EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Of all days to get a free cup of hot chocolate, it even more deserved Monday for our state's crossing guards.
They're the volunteers who work to keep our kids safe while they cross the street to and from school and this week is Adult School Crossing Guard Recognition Week in Wisconsin.
As part of the week, the Eau Claire Police Department, along with AAA, were handing out hot chocolate from Kwik-Trip, a gift bag and a certificate of appreciation for the years these crossing guards have been on the job.
This week, students are also encouraged to recognize their guard in some manner - even if it is just saying thank you as they cross.
"We sure appreciate everything and AAA is a great advocate of helping out with children's safety,” Renee Eder, sales and service agent with AAA told WEAU on Monday, “Just going around honoring these kind souls that are taking care of the kids. Everyone has been very appreciative and we just appreciate everything."
Eau Claire Police and AAA were at eight elementary schools on Monday and plan to offer similar thank you wishes to crossing guards at three more schools – Locust Lane, Sam Davey and Northwoods Elementary – on Tuesday.