For the past 20 years, Albert Robinson has spent his birthday serving the students of Park Elementary Schools as their Crossing Guard. This year, on Thursday, November 12, students helped him celebrate a special milestone birthday with cards, cheers, and kind words.
Robinson, who turned 89, will tell any listening ear how much he loves seeing the smiling faces of Park students every day. The extra efforts of staff, students and parents provided even more excitement this year.
“Park is very fortunate to have such a unique and interesting person serving in this role at our school,” said Angela Petersen, technology specialist at Park Elementary. “Prior to his time with us, Mr. Robinson worked in many fields including service in the U.S. Army, time with the Oklahoma City Police Department, he was a uranium specialist, did care-taking at Barton Community College, and also served as a pastor in Lyons and Sterling for 18 years.”
Albert has a large family. He and his wife Anne have five daughters, all who now have very successful and interesting careers of their own, an attorney, an RN, health-care workers, and even one of his children works at the Pentagon. He adores his many grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren.
When asked what keeps him so young, Robinson replied simply that he is “blessed beyond words.” He shared that he loves coming to work every day to see all of the students, and especially enjoys getting to see parents who were once students themselves in his early years at Park.
“Everyone at Park greatly appreciates Albert’s many years of service to our school,” said Petersen. “He is truly one of a kind and we are blessed beyond words to have him keeping our crosswalk safe!”
For more information about Park Elementary School, or opportunities to work as a Crossing Guard for USD 428, visit the district website GreatBendSchools.net.