For the past eight years countless Decatur kids have crossed Adams St. safely on their way to and from Renfroe Middle School thanks to whistle-wielding, award-winning crossing guard Eula Malone. Nothing has meant as much to Eula as a letter that a student handed her one morning.
If you pass the intersection of West College Avenue and Adams on any school morning or afternoon, you’ll witness a five-foot-tall tour de force wearing a fluorescent colored vest and gloves. Eula Malone blows her whistle as if her life depends on it and expertly orchestrates traffic with grand gestures. For the past eight years Eula has safely guided youngsters across this intersection with a smile and a shout out to have a nice day.
“My passion for my job is to be the best I can be. I know I am responsible for a lot of parent’s kids. I treat the kids the same way I treat mine, with respect. I take my job very seriously to make sure they get across the street safely.”
Eula’s dedication has not gone unnoticed. In 2014, she was awarded Decatur City’s Thomas O. Davis award for exemplary public service and inspiration to the community. “That was quite a surprise. I always say do the best and be the best you can be. I was proud to get that award. I was just doing my daily routine.”
Perhaps nothing has meant as much to Eula as a letter that a student handed her one morning. “ I didn’t have time to read it until I got home. It was so heart touching. I cried because the words she said meant so much to me. I will always cherish that letter. It will hold a special place in my heart.” Below, Eula shares the letter from the student: