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Middle School PTO Rallies to Aid Crossing Guard Struck by Car

LCJSMS PTO is coordinating a donation effort to assist DJ Abdullah with her needs upon returning home.

In a message to Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School families, the parent teacher organization is rallying the community to help one of its own.

On Jan. 8, DJ Abdullah, a crossing guard and member for LCJSMS's cafeteria staff, was struck by a car while working at the intersection of Elm Street and Morris Avenue.  

Abdullah, who suffered a broken leg and fractured arm, is currently in a rehabilitation facility and hopes to return home soon. The crossing guard faces many challenges as a result of her injuries, the PTO pointed out, and is asking the community to come to the aid of the woman who has watched out for the city's students at both her posts. 

"DJ has helped care for our children over the years, and now it is our turn to assist her," the message states. "LCJSMS PTO is coordinating a donation effort to assist DJ with her needs upon returning home. Whether it's having groceries delivered, house cleaning, or taxi service to physical therapy, our school community would like to help provide whatever assistance is necessary."

Those interested in making a donation are asked to please send checks payable to "LCJSMS PTO" and write "crossing guard" on the memo line. 

"We request that all donations be submitted to school (you can mail it, or have your child drop it off in the main office) no later than Friday, January 31st," the message concludes.

During Friday's Summit Common Council meeting, City Administrator Chris Cotter wished Abdullah a speedy recovery on behalf of the City of Summit. 

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