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Pittsburgh crossing guards to double as child mentors

More than 100 Pittsburgh school crossing guards will be trained to better mentor children through a program hosted by nonprofit The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, city and Pittsburgh Public School District officials announced Monday. The program, funded through a $25,000 grant from the Buhl Foundation, will train guards to recognize children at risk and give them resource cards outlining community resources available to them, said Patrick Dowd, executive director of Allies for Children, a child advocacy organization. The city will equip guards with radios so they can communicate directly with police.

Crossing guards are employees of the city police bureau. The program will help Chief Camero McLay’s effort to improve police relations in neighborhoods, officials said.


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