CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Flour Bluff crossing guard spends his day helping kids cross Waldron Road to get to and from school each day.

Elbert Mack enjoys meeting the students and said his friends think it's the right kind of activity for an ex-Marine.

"The people that I have told, friends, golfing buddies, and people that I have known for most of my life, they've all come to the same conclusion. They say, 'Man, you know what? You'd be good at that,'" Mack said.

Mack's only complaint is the lack of awareness some drivers have for area crosswalks, especially near schools.

"Situational awareness and having respect for the kids that's in the crosswalk, just as you would have respect driving down the road," Mack said.

Mack likes to know each of the students he meets and tries to keep up with what they're doing. He said being a crossing guard is a retirement job that he plans to continue.

"I've gotten used to it. I've gotten used to it. Also, I'm looking forward to coming back next school year," Mack said.