Years of sharing safety message

By Tatura Guardian

For 20 years, students at Tatura Primary School have enjoyed the same smiling face in rail, hail or shine on their commute to and from school.

Tatura’s Karen Franklin took up the role at the school after an incident occurred on the crossing involving her daughter.

As her daughter and a friend stepped out of another mother’s car they stepped up to the crossing waiting to enter the school.

Then on the crossing, the sound of screeching tyres and the sight of a sliding car filled the scene and Karen’s daughter and friend were nearly hit by the car.

‘‘There was no-one supervising the crossing and the principal at the time decided we needed someone there, so I put my name forward,’’ Mrs Franklin said.

Mrs Franklin began working as a crossing supervisor in Melbourne before her family moved to Tatura.

‘‘It’s the longest job I’ve ever held,’’she said.

‘‘I really enjoy the job and the kids, you get to know them and help them with more than just crossing the road.’’

Starting in 2001, Mrs Franklin says there have been many changes take place at the school, with the recent demolition of the entrance building one of the most noticeable.

Tatura Primary School principal Susanne Gill says Mrs Franklin is a positive asset to have at the school.

‘‘She shares the safety message in a positive way and each term gives an award to someone who has displayed excellent behaviours when crossing the road,’’ Mrs Gill said.

‘‘Each year she also takes the Foundation students to the crossing and shows them how to cross the road properly.’’

Mrs Franklin loves helping students cross the road each morning and afternoon, but is looking to take more time for herself in the next few years.

‘‘If the students had it their way I would be here forever,’’ she said.