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Students, staff and parents assemble for an early morning assembly to surprise crossing guard Fred White, 81, of Wilder, Vt., as a thank-you for his 19 years of service at Marion Cross School in Norwich, Vt., on Sept. 29, 2017. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Marion Cross School third-grader Sophie Hopkins gives crossing guard Fred White, 81, of Wilder, Vt., a hug after a surprise all-school assembly honored the retiring White for his 19 years of service. White said he’s enjoyed meeting the students over the years and staying in touch with some of them through adulthood. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.