School gives Janice a special send off after 33 years helping children cros

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For more than 30 years Janice Widdop has helped children in her local community to cross the road on their way to school.

But the 72-year-old is saying a fond farewell to pupils, parents and staff at Appleton Academy, in Wyke, Bradford, tomorrow after carrying out the patrol for the final time.

To mark the occasion the school asked children and teachers to provide their memories  about what made Janice special.

Pupils made handmade cards and lollipop sticks with their thoughts on them which were presented to Janice along with a memories book containing messages from parents, from over the years, at the school’s nativity performance.

Janice first started the job on May 13, 1983, helping children get to the former High Fernley Primary School.

Over the past 33 years she has become a familiar friendly face to generations of children in the Wyke area.

In 2012 High Fernley Primary and Wyke Manor Secondary School pupils transferred to the new Appleton Academy, a through-age school and Janice has been helping children of all ages to cross the road since then.

She said: “I applied for the job because I really love working with children and I still do. Over the years the job hasn’t really changed and the school children have always been the same.

"I live locally so I have seen the children I first helped to cross the road growing up in the area and sometimes I will see them again as I help their children and  grandchildren to cross the road. I shall miss the job but am looking forward to having a rest.”

Helen Jones, the principal at Appleton Academy said: “The academy, children, staff and parents, and those from our predecessor schools,  have been well looked after by Mrs Widdop for 33 years and we are delighted to be able to recognise her achievement and the time she has dedicated to the safety of all of us.

“Mrs Widdop’s caring and friendly nature has always shone through and no matter the weather or circumstances, she can always be relied upon to greet us with a friendly word and ready smile. 

"We hope the events we have organised to celebrate her show how much she has meant to us and provide her with many happy memories to enjoy during her richly deserved retirement.”

Sue Heaton, Bradford  Council’s school crossing patrol co-ordinator said: “Janice is a very conscience patrol who is there early in the morning to make sure that she gets all the children across the road safely.  She is there in all weathers and is cheerful and always happy to see new and old pupils of the school.  We wish her all the best in her retirement.”


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Published: 16/12/2016
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