School crossing supervisor Val Bickerton has been helping students in Whittlesea 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 and wears her shiny badge proudly.
“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.”
Ms Bickerton encouraged people 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.
People interested in becoming a school crossing supervisor can call the City of Whittlesea on 9217 2141.