School crossing guard spreading joy in Monticello

A Twin Lakes School Corporation crossing guard is making it his job to bring smiles to the faces of everyone he sees.

Posted: Apr 4, 2019 6:54 AM
Updated: Apr 4, 2019 7:00 AM

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) -- It's no secret a simple act of kindness can go a long way, but there's someone on the streets of Monticello making it a priority almost every morning.

"It's just my habit to smile and wave," said Twin Lakes School Corporation Crossing Guard Robert Foulks.

For the last two years, the corner of 3rd and Broadway Streets in Monticello has been a little friendlier.

"Just a smile in the morning and a smile in the afternoon," said Foulks. "That's when people are getting ready to go to work and getting ready to come home."

It's all because of a decision Foulks made not long after starting the job.

"I just decided to start waving at people," he explained.

What might seem like a simple act has caught the community's attention.

"People just stop by and hand them out," said Foulks holding up a small bag with a card attached.

"What have you got today?" asked News 18's Samantha Thieke.

"Looks like some cupcakes," said Foulks.

Now, Foulks's kindness is spreading beyond the streets and onto social media.

On a rainy March morning, Melanie Greene shared a video of Foulks in action.

"Just to show and commend him for taking the little bit of extra effort," Green said.

Green's post to the Twin Lakes Facebook page on March 20 now has more than 8,500 views, and hundreds of likes and comments.

"We're just astounded by the reach, let alone the time that people have taken to make comments and say how much they appreciate his waves," Green added.

However, it's the words of those he's inspiring that show what an impact he's making.

"It made me happy, and I like to bring joy to people too,"said Kelsie Sinks. "So, to see someone else doing it, it just made my day a lot better."

But Foulks is getting something out of it too.

"It keeps a smile on my face all day long," said Foulks. "If it makes anybody's day better, that's all you can hope for."

You're probably wondering if Foulks can still keep a smile on his face during bad weather?

He said even on the coldest of mornings, it's the smiling and waving that helps keep him warm.

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