Sam Martin has been the lollipop man at Greenwood Major Faculty for the previous 21 years
East Belfast faculty youngsters celebrated the birthday of their well-liked lollipop man right this moment as he vows to proceed serving to them cross the street safely.
Sam Martin has been working as a crossing guard for the previous 25 years after beginning at Nettlefield Major in 1996 after which shifting onto Greenwood Major Faculty in 2000.
He says the very best a part of the job is attending to know the kids and their households as they stroll to high school on a regular basis, greeting every one with a smile and a wave and watching out for the children who prefer to press the underside for the inexperienced man.
Sam additionally makes positive to look out for any four-legged mates that could be tagging alongside on the school-run, with a pocket stuffed with canine treats prepared for every one as they stroll by.
Talking to Belfast Stay, Sam stated: “The perfect half in regards to the job is attending to see the kids and their households on a regular basis, it’s fantastic attending to know them and seeing them develop up.
“I met one younger man just lately who was coming right here as a toddler and is now on the point of get married, which is nice to see.
“The college right here has handled me very effectively over time and I’ve some sensible reminiscences of occasions that we’ve got accomplished collectively. There’s one that basically stands out the place one of many lecturers bought a number of of us from the college to participate in a vogue present and all of us bought wearing our tuxedos to go down the catwalk, it was a improbable night time on the Stormont Resort.”
It doesn’t matter what the climate is like, Sam is at all times able to get out to the college within the morning and afternoon to assist everybody arrive and go house safely.
He stated: “The climate does not trouble you actually in any respect, rain sleet or snow I will likely be out right here. An umbrella could be helpful typically, however it’s good to have your arms free in case there are any points.
“The one time the rain has bought to me was a few weeks in the past when it actually dumped it down on us, I used to be utterly soaked via.”
It’s not simply the college that appreciates the work that Sam does on a regular basis, as native residents are additionally joyful to help him as he seems to be out for the protection of others.
He continued: “For numerous years there was a girl who lived in the home throughout the street who would come out and make me tea within the morning. Then when she bought the home, she stated to the brand new house owners that the one stipulation was they needed to make the lollipop man tea within the morning and so they did, which I’m very grateful for.”
With a view to have a good time Sam’s 90th birthday, Greenwood Major Faculty introduced him with a particular birthday card and hamper from McElroy’s on the Higher Newtownards Street.
A lot of youngsters and oldsters additionally stopped to provide him a present or two as they arrived within the morning, with everybody wishing the favored determine a contented birthday as they walked previous.
Principal Ms Lindy Forster stated: “We’re so extremely privileged that Sam is a member of our faculty and its group. Sam is a lot greater than a Faculty Crossing Patrolperson. In an ever-changing world, and one which has seen a lot latest disruption – Sam is a continuing in everybody’s life. Serving the Greenwood group for over 24 years, he is aware of everybody – youngsters, mums, dads, grandparents, carers – even our 4-legged mates, and all respect him!
“His kindness, dedication and dedication to our younger youngsters and the entire faculty group is so deserving of recognition. Sam is a shining instance and a real supply of inspiration. We’re so delighted to have a good time his 90th birthday with him right this moment.”
Our photographer Justin Kernoghan met with Sam on his birthday as he acquired presents and playing cards.