Mijas lollipop project: senior citizens help children cross road

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ONE of Mijas’ most popular social projects, which encourages retired people to volunteer as lollipop ladies (and men) outside local schools, is soon to restart.

Volunteering Councillor Carmen Marquez held a meeting last week with a dozen senior citizens who have already volunteered for the project, which will see them posted outside Mijas schools to help children safely cross the roads at the start and end of the school day.

Initially the schools included in the project are those which register the most traffic: Garcia del Olmo in La Cala and El Albero, Virgen de la Peña, Los Campanales and Las Cañadas in Las Lagunas, and more will be included as extra volunteers sign up.

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Traffic outside schools is a common worry for parents and the educational community and this, Marquez said, is a good way to solve the problem.

“This is one of Mijas’ nicest projects and we want to keep it going for many years. There is an ever-increasing number of pensioners who are joining up and this benefits society a lot,” the councillor said, praising the volunteers’ generous spirit and encouraging more to sign up to help guarantee schoolchildren’s safety.

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