A lollipop lady has been recognised for her two decades of crossing children safely to get to their school. Jan Wilkinson has been the School Crossing Control Attendant at Great Wood Primary in Tean for 21 years.
A lollipop lady has been recognised for her two decades of crossing children safely to get to their school.
Jan Wilkinson has been the School Crossing Control Attendant at Great Wood Primary in Tean for 21 years.
The mother-of two has recently been presented with a long service certificate by Staffordshire County Council for her two decades of crossing children over the road on the corner of Hollington Road outside Christ Church.
Jan said of why she has done the job for so long: “I just love the job. There’s no boss and nobody bothers me.”
Jan admitted that there is more traffic and also more children to cross these days compared to when she started, but added: “The job hasn’t changed much really. It’s the same.”
As for the best part of the job, Jan, who lives in Tean herself, said: “Speaking to the children and parents when they come up in the morning.
“I now have new generations coming through which makes me feel old but it’s nice to see.”
As for the worst part of the job, she said: “The weather. I don’t mind the cold as you can wrap up warm but I don’t like it when it rains so much.”
Jan, aged 68, has also been janitor at Great Wood School for 18 years, as well as a dinner lady for ten years.
She said: “I love working here as it’s just up the road from where I live.
“It’s also good for fitness, all the jobs I do. And then there’s the nice social side of the job.
“I will carry on doing these jobs for as long as I can.”
Great Wood School Leader Ben Adamson said of Jan: “Jan is our wonderful Lollipop Lady and she is also the school caretaker and lunchtime supervisor.
“We are very proud of her achievements in supporting, not only the school, but the local community.”
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