Burbank Crossing Guard Back To Support Walk to School Day

Photo: Crossing Guard Jim Marcantonio with parent Heather Barr.

Today was a great day for Jim Marcantonio. The Belmont resident was working as a crossing guard in front of the Burbank Elementary School when he was clipped by a vehicle on Jan. 11, sending him to the hospital.

The accident prompted a protest the next day and added a greater sense of safety for students walking to the school along School Street. 

This morning, Wednesday, Feb. 1, Marcantonio was back at his post, this time as a visitor, to participate in a Winter Walk to School Day. Marcantonio, who had been a guard for the past three years, greeted students as parents, town leaders (Selectman candidate Adam Dash) and state officials (Massachusetts Department of Transportation Representative Keith Doty) learn more about ongoing efforts to make Belmont’s streets safer.


Jim Marcantonio with 1st Grader Reece Bundy.

“We are working with the town planning department on various measures to make the crosswalk safer, which will need to be supported through the town’s budgeting process,” said Reed Bundy, a School Street homeowner who lives across from the Burbank who with his wife, Kelly Fanning, has been a leader in the safety efforts. 
“By gathering on Wednesday morning we can show that we value walking to school and care about making our routes to school safer,” he said.
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  1. Claire Holmes says

    It was great to see Jim there again. But he has been a crossing guard at that intersection since 2011 I believe and was the crossing guard on at School and Washington before that.

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