More than just a milestone

One of Hume’s unsung heroes has notched up an anniversary which is more than just your average milestone.

Marjorie Hunt this year celebrates 30 years as a school crossing supervisor, and she’s spent the entire time at the same school crossing.

The Meadow Heights local supervises the crossing near her home, on Eldorado Crescent, outside Bethal Primary School.

Every morning, Marjorie dons her uniform to assist children to safely arrive outside the school, and comes back again in the afternoon before the school bell rings.

In three decades, she’s kept thousands of children safe, across a number of generations.

“Years after the kids have left the school, I sometimes see them at the crossing again and they say ‘Hi Marj, I’m such and such’, and it comes back to you,” Marjorie says.

“I love to think that they’ve gone in the right direction.”

Marjorie was encouraged to apply for the role as a supervisor in February 1985, and she was the first person to supervise the crossing outside Bethal Primary School.

“I’m the first and the only,” Marjorie laughs.

“Before I took this job on, I used to hear people struggling to get across the road, and I’d hear motorists slam on their brakes.

“I am glad that I did take it on. I just want to make sure the kids are safe. That’s it.”

Teachers at the school marvel at how committed Marjorie is and, according to assistant principal Leanne Lewis, the pupils appreciate her engaging nature.

“All the children know she barracks for Geelong, and if Geelong loses, they will always remind her,” Leanne says.

“Marjorie is a familiar face in the morning, and always gives out a ‘how are you going?’, and she asks what the children have been up to.

“She really travels the journey of primary school with a lot of these kids, and the children make sure that Marjorie is invited to their Grade Six graduation.”

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, says the community owes a tremendous debt to people like Marjorie.

“The impact that Marjorie has had on the children of Meadow Heights is something that you can’t underestimate,” Cr Atmaca says.

“Every morning, and every afternoon, Marjorie has been at Eldorado Crescent to help children arrive and depart safely.

“She has done so for more than a quarter of a century, and ensured that so many of Hume’s young pupils are out of harm’s way.”

School crossing supervisors are in demand across Hume, and Marjorie says that the role offers enormous satisfaction.

“Everyone seems to love doing it. They are happy doing the job, and they really seem to love it,” she says.

School crossing supervisors in the Hume area generally need to have a car, a Victorian driver’s licence and be able to travel to suburbs within the municipality.

The shifts run between 8am and 9am, and 3pm and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Cr Atmaca encourages anyone interested in the role to make contact with recruiters.

“It’s a terrific way to play an active role in the community, and do something that truly makes a difference,” he says.

For more information about a role as a school crossing supervisor, call Jessica at Hoban Recruitment on 03 9325 3200 or email Laverton@hoban.com.au


Updated : 9:08 AM, 19 May 2015

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