A sweet 35 years for lollipop lady Val

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Published: Thursday, January 24, 2019

School crossing supervisor Val Bickerton has been helping students in Whittlesea Township cross the road safely since 1983 in rain, hail and shine.

The Eden Park resident celebrated 35 years of being a crossing supervisor in October 2018 and wears her shiny badge proudly.

With a wave out their windows and a quick toot of their horns, it’s clear Val is a much-loved asset to all in the Whittlesea Township.

“I love joking with the kids. It’s a social atmosphere, you talk to the mums and you meet people,” she said.

“The grandmothers walk up to me and say, ‘Are you still here?’.

“Yes it has (changed.) The school has grown a lot, but it still has the country atmosphere that I love. Whittlesea is good for that.”

Val encouraged anyone looking for something to fill their days to consider becoming a crossing supervisor.

“I was bored and I wanted something to do,” she said.

“To me it has been fabulous. It’s a really rewarding job. Anyone can do it, if I can, you can.”

The City of Whittlesea has 160 children’s school crossings and 192 school crossing supervisors.

If you’re interested in becoming a school crossing supervisor call 9217 2141.