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Armstrong Elementary crossing guard William Hicks receives February Impact Award

FORT BEND ISD (Feb. 9, 2024) – Armstrong Elementary crossing guard William Hicks is the recipient of the district’s February Impact Award for his uplifting spirit and steadfast dedication to the students, staff and families at Armstrong Elementary.

In a school-wide assembly today, district and campus leaders recognized Hicks for his care and concern shown for nearly a decade. He got a standing ovation.

In addition to his work as a crossing guard, he mentors students on campus and volunteers with Brighter Bites, an organization that provides fresh produce to FBISD elementary schools including Armstrong.

“It is always good to recognize the great work that people do every day,” FBISD Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith said. “It lifts everyone around when someone comes to work with such a positive attitude.”

Hicks has been a crossing guard in Fort Bend ISD, stationed at the intersection of Independence Boulevard and Fifth Street for eight years. He’s known for waving, smiling at everyone, and showing off his moves to all who drive through his intersection. They call him the “Dancing Machine.”

Armstrong Elementary Parent Educator Jean Konrady nominated Hicks. The principal said “we love him, and we wish we could keep him forever.”

Hicks said he feels the same.  He drives nearly 40 minutes each way commuting to work, and always arrives with a smile on his face.

“I do love what I do,” Hicks said. “I love being with the teachers, staff and the babies.”