A die-hard Washington Nationals fan will get to see his team play in the World Series thanks to the families of children he protects as a school crossing guard.
Parents and students in Arlington, Virginia, surprised their crossing guard, Jeff Covel, on Thursday morning with tickets to Game 4.
A parade of Nottingham Elementary School families wearing Nats shirts and hats greeted "Mr. Jeff." One parent carried a big secret in a small envelope.
"You need World Series tickets. And all these families came together," she began to say. Kids shrieked in delight before she could finish her sentence.
"Thank you," Covel said, stop sign in hand, as he received two tickets to Saturday's game. He had a stuffed animal version of the Nats' Screech mascot tucked into his neon yellow safety vest.
Parent Colleen Wright said parents had heard he was looking for tickets, so they pooled their money together to treat him to them.
The kids hugged their crossing guard, who some have grown up with as he's manned the area for about five years. They said they hope he enjoys the game.
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"I think he's gonna get, like, really happy," one student said.