TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - It is the end of an era for a west Toledo school. Longfellow Elementary on Jackman Road will move into its new building near Start High School over the summer. The staff is also losing someone they have trusted with their kids' safety for 30 years.
Linda Meegan will not be crossing Longfellow students much longer. When the school doors close for the last time Thursday, Meegan's work will be done.
"I don't know if they're going to put me down by my house or what," said Meegan.
Since the 1980s, Meegan has been getting kids across the busy intersection where Sylvania, Jackman and Tremainsville all come together.
She has only been hit once.
"Some guy just turned on me and I had some kids, but the kids didn't get hurt. I just got knocked down. I didn't get hurt very badly," said Meegan.
A student came to tell Meegan the principal wanted to speak with her after her shift. Meegan walked into crowds cheering in a packed auditorium and a standing ovation during the eighth grade awards ceremony, all to say thank you.
"Linda has been a crossing guard at Longfellow for 30 years," said Yolanda Johnson, Longfellow principal.
Johnson presented Meegan with the school's final yearbook, a card and flowers.
"I've been here 12 years and I have never seen Linda absent. It just shows her dedication to our boys and girls because Linda has been here rain, shine, winter," said Johnson.
Meegan said while she does not know what she will be doing next school year, one thing is for certain.
"I'm not old enough to retire. I'm not," said Meegan.
Meegan said she will know what her new assignment will be in August.