They're in good claws

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Maeve McQueeney strains her neck to look up at Crusher, mascot of the Maine Red Claws minor league basketball team, as he stops traffic for her, mom Jennifer and brother Finn on Wednesday afternoon outside Brown Elementary School in South Portland. During most of the school year, a brigade of volunteer crossing guards (also known as parents) guides students back and forth across busy Highland Avenue each morning and afternoon. This week, to help promote student safety, the school’s Parent Teachers Association recruited local celebrities to work as crossing guards. “Getting drivers to slow down and remember there is a school on this busy road is our goal,” said Jackie Johnson, parent coordinator for the volunteer crossing guards.