The walk to Polk Place from the depths of South Campus for a Monday morning 8 a.m. class can seem like a tiresome effort for the average first-year student. Most students’ mornings, however, are brightened just a little by a simple “good morning” or “have a nice day” from Joann Isom, a crossing guard on South Road.
“She is just a really nice person," said sophomore Alex Kim. "Every morning, whenever I just cross the road, she is always just very nice and smiling, and I always say thank you because I think she just fosters an environment where people want to say thank you to her because she is just so great."
Kim decided to dress up as Isom for Halloween this year after debuting a UNC-themed costume last year.
“My admiration of her made me want to be like, ‘Oh, this is what I want to be for Halloween,’” Kim said.
After seeing a post about Isom on the “Humans of UNC” Facebook page, junior Carlos Salas thought of the idea to set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for her to visit her son in Arizona.