Denise hangs up her lollipop
AT 2.30pm every weekday for the past eight years, Denise Hudacek has taken her command post.
Neither sweltering heat nor pouring rain has seen her turn her back on her duty.
But when 3.30pm comes this afternoon, Ms Hudacek will walk away from her post for the last time.
Known by name by a few, but to most as the 'Lollipop Lady', Ms Hudacek has been a familiar fixture at the Toormina Public School's crossing on Cavanbah Road.
As the school's Crossing Supervisor, she has watched many a child grow from a nervous kindergarten student on their first day to a confident Year 6 student ready to tackle high school.
And while she won't be sorry to say goodbye to some of her 'charges' she will miss many of her regulars.
"Most of the kids have been pretty good and I will miss them. I'll miss some of the parents who often stand and have a chat to me while they wait for the bell," she said.
With no accidents occurring under her close guard, Ms Hudacek will retire with a spotless record.
"There have been some close calls, but no accidents. For the most part all the chil- dren and motorists do as I ask," she said.
Although there was a lot of responsibility that went along with the job, she admits that there has been plenty of fun along the way.
"I usually give out Easter eggs at Easter and lollipops at the end of the year, so who knows, maybe they will be lucky today," she said.
Retiring to spend more time with a sick family member today, however, won't be the last time Toormina students see Ms Hudacek.
"I'll still be involved with the school with such things as helping out in the library," she said.