YOUNGSTERS across Portsmouth have the chance to shout about the work of their favourite lollipop person.
City school children have until April 8 to tell Portsmouth City Council why their school crossing patroller should win the title Lollipop Person of the Year 2011.
Last year’s winner, Chrissy Morrison, a lollipop lady for Buckland’s Charles Dickens Infants School, said: ‘It’s a good competition because it’s lovely to be recognised and to see the children appreciate what you do.
‘I love the job. I talk to the children, their parents and grandparents and it’s nice to know you being there makes a difference to them.’
Grandmother Mrs Morrison, 65, has worked as the school’s crossings patroller for nine years.
She said: ‘It’s the best little job I’ve ever had. I used to go down to collect my grandson and one day the crossing lady said there was a job going, so I started and never looked back. It’s great to help and to be part of the school’s everyday life.’
The council’s competition was launched in 2009, to remind children they should always cross with a lollipop person, and was designed to highlight the patrollers’ work.
Sue McDermott, the council’s school crossing patrol co-ordinator, said: ‘Lollipop people play a hugely important role in keeping children safe.
‘They are often unsung heroes, out in all weathers and sometimes facing danger and abuse from drivers who don’t want to stop for children.
‘We want the children of Portsmouth to tell us why their lollipop person is the best and should be declared this year’s winner.’
Youngsters are asked to explain why their lollipop person should win, in 50 words or less.
They can get application forms from the council’s road safety team on (023) 9284 1155, or from school offices. An independent panel will judge entries, and the winner will receive a trophy and a badge and their school will get a plaque, given at a presentation.
Although the award was won by Mrs Morrison last year, a special bravery prize was presented to Charlotte Edwards, who works near Fernhurst Junior School in Southsea but helps children from several nearby schools.
In May 2009, she protected children from a disturbed man wielding a roasting fork. She put herself between him and a group of pupils to ensure their safety.
The man was later jailed for six months.
Completed forms should be sent to Sue McDermott, Road Safety Team, Portsmouth City Council, Portsmouth PO1 2NE by Friday, April 8.