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Gentleshaw lollipop man lands regional award

A village school’s popular lollipop man has won an award after being nominated by pupils.

Alastair Chapman

Alastair Chapman

Alastair Chapman, who is based at Gentleshaw Primary School , has been crowned regional Lollipop Person of the Year.

Youngsters from the school wrote letters and poems, drew pictures and filmed an assembly which was held in honour of Alastair to support his nomination.

Alastair took on the role of school crossing patrol officer at Gentleshaw primary in April 2009 but started working at the school in 1994 when he joined as caretaker.

He said:

“It is an honour to have been given this award. The children worked really hard to make this happen which was really lovely.  I couldn’t believe it when I found out that I had won the West Midlands title – it was great news, particularly for such a small rural school. Another aspect of the nomination process was that the children learnt a lot about road safety which is the biggest achievement of all.”

Headteacher Sue Winson added:

“The Lollipop Person of the Year competition provided a great opportunity to teach the children about road safety and developed communication and creative skills across the school. The children really enjoyed taking part and we think Alastair thoroughly deserves his title as the best lollipop person in the West Midlands .”

One of the poems written by year six pupil Emma Reece:

Mr C you are the best of our time
Stopping the cars for us rain or shine
If you could you would stay up all night
We can’t miss you because your outfit is so bright.

You are the best ever lollipop man
Your lollipop’s as flat as a frying pan
You are always very helpful
Which makes us all very cheerful.

Everyday you’re out there working
Mr C you’re so outstanding
You are always very merry
With that heavy lollipop you must eat lots of dairy.

We are all so very PROUD
We could all shout it out loud
So thank you Mr C
For being the best lollipop man you could ever BE!

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