Beloved Racine Unified crossing guard Olga Rico will be absent from her spot at Osborne, Arthur and Graceland streets for a few weeks while she recovers from hip surgery.

Racine County Eye met Olga last fall while she was on duty, waving at passing cars and telling us about how excited she was to be spending Thanksgiving with her family.

Her son, Luis, let RCE know that Olga has been ushering children across Osborne and waving at passing families despite being in tremendous pain. She underwent surgery Wednesday to correct the problem, and she needs a little help paying for associated costs.

“I sadly inform all of Racine that your favorite crossing guard has been suffering in silence with a bad hip and is now going to undergo immediate surgery due to severe pain,” Luis wrote to RCE.

Luis set up a fund in his mom’s name at Educator’s Credit Union, to which community members can contribute directly either at a branch or online.

“I would like to give an opportunity to allow all who feel moved to donate to the OLGA RICO benifit at any Educators Credit Union or on line at,” his note continues.

Until Olga retakes her position, Luis said he will be out on Fridays collecting get well cards from anyone who wants to send well wishes to his mom. He’s also willing to record voices so Olga can hear for herself how much everyone misses her.

“I will be also be standing on her corner on Fridays after her surgery to collect get well soon cards for her or record messages if you choose to do so for her. Thank you for your support!” his post concludes.