FOR more than 25 years these ladies have helped generations of children on an estate.
Now, they have been given a special certificate from Hampshire County Council to mark their contribution to the local schools.
Pam Bound started work at Rowner Infant School in Gosport as a dinner lady and then went on to cook for the children before she became a special needs assistant. Now, she works as a classroom assistant.
Pam, 54, has worked at the school for 26 years.
She said: ‘It’s such a happy school. My own children went there. In the beginning it was a nice job to be in because you are with the children in the holidays.
‘We have got a nice community spirit. Everybody knows you. It’s a lovely atmosphere to be in. We are treated like part of the family.’
She said she was thrilled to get the award.
‘I was quite proud. It’s an achievement, being somewhere for so long.
‘I enjoy doing what I’m doing.
‘I like meeting all the parents and the children.
‘It’s nice to see some of the children’s faces when they have achieved something and the joy they get and the joy it gives you as well. It’s very rewarding.’
Joyce Tunstall, 57, is a senior lunchtime supervisor at the junior school. She has been at the school for 26 years.
She said: ‘I was quite surprised. It’s lovely to be recognised for my service at the school.’
Pat Crosskey, 66, is a teaching assistant. She has been at the junior school for 27 years working as a dinner lady, working in the office and the kitchen and now as a teaching assistant.
She said: ‘I was really pleased. It’s nice to be appreciated for what you have done. I just love working with the children.’