Apr 3, 2024 - Health

The big benefits of being a Chicago crossing guard

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Eden Robins working as a crossing guard in Albany Park. Photo courtesy of Kyle Thiessen

When Chicago novelist Eden Robins was looking for a part-time gig with health insurance last year, she took a job as a CPS crossing guard and loved it, she writes in Slate.

Why it matters: Chicago needs crossing guards — there are currently 23 open positions around the city, CPS officials tell Axios.

Zoom in: The job requires just 10 hours of work a week at a starting wage of $16, but it offers benefits to both the worker and their dependents.

What they're saying: "After my essay ran in Slate, I learned that a bunch of people — particularly artists and writers — have applied to be crossing guards," Robins, who wrote the celebrated novel "When Franny Stands Up," tells Axios.

  • "One of them even approached me on the street with questions about the interview. Honestly, I haven't felt like I've done this much of a public service since I sold sex toys."

What's next: Although Crossing Guard Appreciation Month ended a couple of weeks ago, nominations for CPS Crossing Guard of the Year remain open until April 15.

  • Also Robins' new novel "Remember You Will Die," which she wrote while working as a crossing guard, comes out this fall. It's available for pre-order.
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