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School Children Help Celebrate Jean's Ruby Anniversary

Children at Merley First School helped their School Crossing Patrol Officer, Jean Witt, celebrate 40 years of helping people cross the road safely. 

Jean started in 1974 helping pupils get safely to and from Lockyers Middle and Rushcombe First Schools in Corfe Mullen and then moved to Merley First School in 1984.

Affectionately known as ‘lollipop men and ladies’, School Crossing Patrol Officers provide an important service to their local community and last year saw a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Service nationally.

Jean Witt celebrates 40 years as a School Crossing Patrol Officer
Jean Witt celebrates 40 years as a School Crossing Patrol Officer

Jean is one of the country’s longest serving School Crossing Patrol Officers but has no intention of ‘hanging up’ her lollipop sign.

Jean said: “It’s a very responsible job and I take the safety of all pedestrians who use my crossing very seriously. I love to see all the children and their parents everyday and now I am crossing the children of children, it’s lovely to be part of such a friendly community.” 

To help celebrate Jean’s fantastic achievement, the pupils and staff at Merley First School held a special assembly and presented her with flowers and cards, along with a card, flowers, commemorative 40th anniversary badge and a mini edible crossing patrol lollipop from Borough of Poole.

Sally Birley, Headteacher at Merley First School, said: "We really value Jean at Merley First School. She not only helps to keep the children safe but also knows all the children and parents and has a cheery smile for everyone."

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: “School Crossing Patrol Officers provide an important service to our local community where children need help to cross busy roads. We are very fortunate that Jean has dedicated herself to this service in Poole. We are really proud of her achievements and we hope she enjoyed her well deserved celebrations.”