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Renamed road sign memorializes school crossing guard killed while directing traffic in Mooresville last fall

MOORESVILLE Frank Booth was a school crossing guard who always smiled and waved hello. He cared about you and your safety, seventh-grade student Jordan Ostrowski said.

The day a car struck and killed Booth outside of Mount Mourne IB School on N.C. 115 in November, Jordan turned to her dad and said she had to do something to honor Booth’s legacy. Jordan, 12, attends Mount Mourne IB School and previously attended Coddle Creek Elementary School on nearby Presbyterian Road. Booth directed traffic at both schools.

To help earn her Girl Scout Silver Award, Jordan decided to get the loop road into Coddle Creek Elementary renamed for Booth.

Jordan, the daughter of Scott and Tami Ostrowski, worked with Principal Brian Foster, Barry Whitesides of Iredell County’s zoning department and other officials over the past few months.

On Friday, during a celebration at the school’s flag poles, Jordan presented Booth’s family with an oversized green road sign that read, Franks Crossing Loop.

The real sign is already up, and the school’s official address is no longer 484 Presbyterian Road, it’s 141 Frank’s Crossing Loop.

“Frank was a wonderful friend to many, a fixture in our daily lives and consistently there to make our community safer,” Jordan told the crowd.

Many of the school’s 635 students wore neon shirts to show they were celebrating the life of their beloved crossing guard. Students raised about $500, which will help pay for the road signage and a plaque in Booth’s memory inside the school, among other uses, Foster announced to applause.

As Foster told the assemblage, “Frank would want us to be happy, not sad, about all he stood for and everyone he cared for.”

Up front sat Frank Booth’s wife, Betty; son, Frank Jr., a part-time substitute teacher at the school; and Frank Jr.’s wife, Meredith, the school’s data manager.

“My father was out on the road for over 30 years, and this is a great tribute to him,” Frank Booth Jr. told the audience. “Thank you for everything.”

Booth, 59, had been a school traffic officer for 2 1/2 years, after retiring from a long career in public works in Connecticut.

He died after he was hit by a Toyota Corolla just after 3 p.m. Nov. 14 as he helped parents get onto N.C. 115 after school let out. Sarah McMinn, 23, of Mooresville, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and is scheduled to appear in Iredell County Superior Court on Aug. 29.

At the start of Friday’s ceremony, Foster was interrupted by the loud and constant chirping of a female killdeer whose eggs lay on mulch behind the podium.

“She’s protecting her eggs, just as Frank did,” Foster told the crowd.

Staff Researcher Maria David contributed.

Marusak: 704-987-3670; on Twitter: @ jmarusak.
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