Everybody knows that Jeff Covel is a diehard Nationals fan.
Mr. Jeff, as he is known, is a crossing guard at Nottingham Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia. So, when the Nationals made the World Series, he went to work on checking one more thing off his bucket list.
Hoping somebody—anybody—had a connection, Mr. Jeff fashioned a sign out of masking tape and marker asking for World Series tickets and posted it near his crosswalk while he was on duty.
"Need World Series Tix (1 or 2) For 1 game only, prefer face value, 'bucket list,' Mr. Jeff Crossing Guard," the sign read.
The makeshift sign caught the attention of parents Rachel Sullivan and Colleen Wright, who decided to rally the community to help make the beloved crossing guard’s dream come true.
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"Even when he doesn't have to, he comes to school events to support the kids," Wright told CNN .
So, Sullivan took a picture of Mr. Jeff’s sign and posted it on a school-related Facebook page, and Wright made a Google form where parents could pledge to make donations.
Wright did a little research and saw that standing-room-only tickets were going for about $1,000. But that wouldn’t do. "I figured his job is standing so I wasn't gonna make him stand at the World Series," she told CNN.
Mr. Jeff deserved to sit, and with the support of local families, they raised $2,445 for actual seats. On Wednesday, more than 60 parents and students surprised him with tickets to Game 4 of the World Series.
.@NTMKnightsAPS Crossing Guard and @Nationals fan Jeff Covel just received the surprise of a lifetime as more than 60 families chipped in for 2 #WorldSeries2019 tickets to game 5. @ArlingtonVaPD #FINISHTHEFIGHT #OnePursuit pic.twitter.com/s5OTAD9sop— Arlington Public Schools (@APSVirginia) October 23, 2019
"I teared up a little bit when I saw them coming down the street," he recalled. "To me it means so much to be appreciated for doing something that I enjoy doing. They are my extended family."
Mr. Jeff said that he will be taking his wife to the game on Saturday. They plan on getting there a few hours early to take it all in.