Walk. Don’t Run: 91 Year-Old Crossing Guard celebrates 50 Years

91 year-old Janet Haines, a Crossing Guard, will be honored by the City of Falls Church, and Saint James School.


March 27, 2017


ARLINGTON, Va.  – On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Janet Haines will begin her walk to her post at Broad and Spring Streets serving as a crossing guard for the City of Falls Church, as she has for 50 years.  From the minute she arrives at 7:30 a.m., standing in full attention, this 91 year-old will be greeted by the honking horns of passing cars, their drivers waving “hello,” pedestrians walking to the Metro or to work, and of course, students on their way to school.  Also, on this day, Mrs. Haines will be acknowledged for these 50 years, 180 school days a year, twice a day, that she stood at a busy intersection in all kinds of weather, to greet everyone, and cross our young students to safety each day.  




When:                                   Wednesday, March 29, 2017
                                               7:40 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.


Where:                                 Corner of Broad Street and Spring Street
                                               Falls Church


Mrs. Haines will then be invited into the school gym where the student body will celebrate her years of dedication and thank her with song and a gift. 

Several city officials will attend, including Corporal Brooks of the Falls Church Police Department.






The Diocese of Arlington is home to more than 600,000 Catholics living in 21 counties and seven cities in central and northern Virginia. Parishioners live out their faith at 69 parishes, five missions, and 17,500 students attend 44 Catholic elementary and high schools.