The father-daughter duo used to alternate shifts, but when he got sick, Debbie took over.
"I've been accused of being too much of a cheery morning person, but you've got to be. Kids have to learn to pass it on," she said. "The only bad part about doing this is that kids grow up. I see them out and remember them and let them know that I miss them, but it makes you feel old seeing them grow so fast."
Bridgeview Principal Candace Strader said Mallory is a welcoming spirit at their "close-knit" school.
"She's very caring, and we wanted to show her that we appreciate all that she does. We look out for each other at this school," Strader said.
But Mallory says it just comes natural. It's what anyone would do, she said.
"I'd like to think that a lot of people would help out kids in the cold. I know a lot of West Virginians would; that's what they do," she said. "That's why I love it here. We care about people."
Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.