WEST CHESTER (July 27) – State Senator Andy Dinniman recently recognized Jim Duca of Downingtown for his service as a crossing guard at East Ward Elementary School for 17 years.

“I want to thank Jim Duca for his service to the East Ward Elementary community and the values he has helped instill in so many students by setting a good example of staying active and positive through a life of service,” Dinniman said.

Dinniman presented Duca, who is considering retiring next year due to health concerns, with a special Senate citation in honor of his service.

Senator Andy Dinniman (right) recognizes Jim Duca (left) on his 17 years of service as a crossing guard at East Ward Elementary School in Downingtown.

Senator Andy Dinniman (right) recognizes Jim Duca (left) on his 17 years of service as a crossing guard at East Ward Elementary School in Downingtown.

Duca, who greets students each weekday morning and afternoon at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Washington Avenue, has become a fixture in the East Ward Elementary School community.

According to students and teachers, Duca is much more than just a crossing guard and regularly takes time to attend school functions such as sporting events and even occasionally eats lunch with students in the school cafeteria.

“Mr. Duca’s service to East Ward Elementary and the larger community goes far beyond the basic duties of a crossing guard,” Dinniman said. “He has been a friend, role model and a mentor to so many at East Ward Elementary. It is important that we recognize Mr. Duca for his service as a part of the community of staff, faculty and volunteers who play an integral role in the education and development of our young people.”

Duca, who served in the U.S. Army, also frequently talks with students about the importance of patriotism, civic and military service and honoring local veterans.

 

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