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Memorial may be dedicated to Natick crossing guard

Posted by John Swinconeck  August 30, 2013 02:55 PM

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For more than 13 years, crossing guard Cheryl Chagnon was a familiar sight to Natick school children walking to Brown Elementary and Kennedy Middle schools. Now, Chagnon, who died July 8 after battling Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, may be memorialized near the schools to which she once guided children.

The Natick School Committee this week approved a plan submitted by Chagnon’s friends Marlene Custodio and Pam Harris to dedicate a memorial tree and bench at the west corner of Phillip J. Lucier and Jean Burke drives, according to the superintendent’s office.

Chagnon was characterized as a woman dedicated to children’s safety, according to the memorial proposal submitted by Custodio and Harris.

The project would cost between $1,000 and $2,000, but all expenses would be covered by fundraising and volunteer labor, according to the proposal.

“Cheryl was known for her bright smile greeting children coming and going to school every day,” Custodio and Harris wrote. “Her enthusiastic hand waves and contagious smile sent positive energy to the many children on the buses and those children getting dropped off by parents. Cheryl acknowledged every student, parent, and teacher who entered the driveway. She knew everyone’s name and recognized and even acknowledged neighborhood cars driving by on their way to work each day.”

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