ROSELLE, NJ - During the monthly Abraham Clark H.S. teachers meeting, Principal Rashon Mickens announced the schools “Community Hero” recipient. This month ACHS salutes resident Charles Allen.  

Allen had been struck by a car while trying to protect some students crossing in the crosswalk in January while on his post as a crossing guard at the school. Now back at work, he is making sure each student gets to school and home safely. 

Taking a lot of pride in his job, Allen says, that he always tries to give each student something to smile about as they make their way into the school each day. “Sometimes it just takes saying something nice to a kid when they look like they are having a bad day to make them smile or even a fist bump can turn their whole day around,” said Allen. “I hope that maybe it will help our teachers in the classroom if a kid shows up in a better mood.”

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“Charles Allen does a phenomenal job going above and beyond for our students,” said Mickens. “He takes his job very seriously on what is one of our busiest intersections in the borough and to the point where he has risked his own life crossing our kids. We are proud that he is a part of our Abraham Clark High School team.”

“I just want to say thank you for acknowledging me, this is a big deal for me, it really is,” said Allen.

Highlights from the meeting can be viewed below.