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Shepparton lollipop ladies loved

A pair of jovial lollipop ladies received a Christmas present from the students they safely guide to and from school.

RHIANNON GAVALAKIS December 19, 2013 6:08am

The lollypop ladies at Bouchier St Primary School are being recognised for their dedication to keep students safe, with Christmas hampers which will be handed over by the students


The jovial lollipop ladies at Shepparton’s Bourchier St Primary School were rewarded for their dedication to road safety yesterday.

With nearly three decades of crossing guard experience between them, Christine McDougall and Pina Tirioli are veterans of the field.

Students donned their Santa and elf costumes to present the ladies with Christmas hampers filled with shortbread, bon bons and other goodies as a way to thank them.

‘‘I absolutely love the kids, it is awesome to receive the gift (from them),’’ Ms McDougall said.

Ms Tirioli said she continued to enjoy her work and loved seeing the children grow up.

Principal Judy Park said the ladies went above and beyond their roles to ensure the children understood how to cross the road.

‘‘They both know our kids and families (of the school) really well and they work to make certain they understand road safety,’’ she said.

She said the hampers were a gift from parents of the school who wished to recognise the women for helping their children utilise the crossings in a safe manner each day.

Student Riley Law, 5, said he liked the lollipop ladies because they helped him get across the road.

‘‘They are nice and they give us high-fives,’’ he said.

Abbie Gretton, 6, and Aiden Chaston, 6, said the most important steps for road safety were to stop, look, listen and think.

‘‘I’ve known how to cross the road properly since I was three years old,’’ Aiden said.

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