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'He's like a superhero!' Triad elementary school donates car, money to crossing guard

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Unsung heroes are found in every city and every community.

Some might be easier to spot, especially if they wear a neon vest to work, as in is the case of Wallace Peoples.

Peoples, 62, has worked at Sherwood Forest Elementary School as a crossing guard for two years.

Everyone calls him "Mr. Peoples."

"They are my kids," Peoples says of the student he helps safely cross the street each day. "I take it very seriously, safety."

Parents and students have taken notice of his character and commitment.

"He’s looking out for everyone. The kids, the parents. He doesn’t miss a beat," one mom said of Mr. Peoples.

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"He’s just extraordinary," student Isabel Assouline said. "He helps all of us and keeps us safe, and we all love him."

In December, Peoples says his car broke down, prohibiting him from coming to work. He also says he spent Christmas Eve in the hospital.

Sherwood Forest Elementary parent Sloane Johnson says she heard about Mr. Peoples' plight. She posted Monday on Facebook in hopes of getting him some help.

The response was tremendous.

"Within a span of two hours, we had $800 raised and a car donated by another parent," Johnson said.

Peoples pulled up Thursday to the Sherwood Forest Elementary parking lot in a borrowed ride. He thought he was working out a deal to purchase an old beater.

Instead he was greeted by his fan club.

A crowd of students and parents held signs and cheered.

Johnson presented Peoples with his new, donated SUV and a check for $2,500.

"Now I know they care," Peoples said, teary-eyed. "It’s good to know that people care."

People says he looks forward to arriving to work even earlier in his new ride and plans to never leave the families of Sherwood Forest Elementary School.

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