Eleven Lollipop men and women have been shortlisted for Hampshire's School Crossing Patrol of the Year 2013.
This year marks 60 years of the school crossing patrol service nationally, making 2013 its Diamond Anniversary. In nominating who they think should win, children were asked to get creative by sending in a poem, drawing or a story illustrating why their school crossing patrol is a real diamond.
One finalist has been chosen from each of the 11 boroughs and districts across Hampshire. A special awards ceremony is to be held on 10 July, in Winchester, where the overall winner will be announced and presented with their award.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: "Each and every School Crossing Patrol does a vital job in helping to keep young children safe on their walk to school. It is fantastic to see that the work they do is not only valued by the County Council, schools and parents, but also most importantly by the children themselves, as demonstrated by the nominations received. Congratulations to the finalists and good luck."
The winner will also be presented with £500 worth of IKEA vouchers donated by the Southampton store.
The school whose lollipop person is crowned School Crossing Patrol of the Year 2013 will win a Street Feet kit courtesy of Bristol Oilskins. The kit is designed to help children practice crossing the road safely while being in a safe environment. The school will also win an environmental tour of IKEA for the class of the pupil's winning nomination.
Each of the 11 finalists will be presented with bespoke fleeces provided by Bristol Oilskins and £25 Love2shop vouchers courtesy of Heart FM.
The children who submit the winning entry for each finalist will receive a road safety goody bag and all those who nominated a school crossing person will be presented with a fluorescent zipper courtesy of Heart FM.
Hampshire County Council has 262 school crossing patrols who help children cross roads every morning and afternoon during term time.
If you are interested in becoming a school crossing patrol contact the Road Safety Team on 01962 846200