Neile's Hometown Heroes: Miss Ruby high-fives, protects Tulsa's children
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
Every day, kids who cross the street to get to Carnegie Elementary School start and end their day with Ruby Oakley, affectionately known as Miss Ruby.
If you're standing nearby you’ll probably hear the crossing guard say things like "Oh, how my baby? How you doing?" and "Good morning, how are you?"
And you'll for sure see the kids and parents give Miss Ruby a high-five.
She is armed with a stop sign, a Mickey Mouse glove and a personality larger than life.
But make no mistake, Miss Ruby has a mission.
"Making sure my babies are safe and watching these cars because I do have some speedos in this area," said Miss Ruby.
Miss Ruby helps folks cross the street safely, but she goes above and beyond what you'd expect.
Parents like Abby Cavness say they love Miss Ruby because "she makes the kids feel so special."
Miss Ruby is a gem that parents like Michael Thomas don't take for granted.
"I think the parents like giving her high-fives more than the kids do," he said with a smile. "I think what she's doing is great for the community and great for the school as well."
Miss Ruby says she's just doing her job and she wants mom and dad to know, "My babies, I want them to be safe and I want the parents to acknowledge that there is somebody that cares about their safety."
Carnegie's Principal Robin Emerson says everyone gets it.
"This is like the calling that miss Ruby has and this is what brings joy to her life and this is how these kids start off every day," said Emerson.
And Miss Ruby has no intention of taking her unique skill sets anywhere else.
"I'm where I want to be. I'm going to grow old right here in this little spot if they don't move me... This is Ruby’s spot."