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A Baltimore City crossing guard is retiring after more than 40 years of service. Janice Janicki, 85, has become a pillar on the corner of South Highland Avenue and Foster Avenue. She helps kids get to Archbishop Borders School safely. Janicki carried her stop sign and wore her bright yellow vest with pride for the last time Monday. For the past 44 years, she has dedicated her mornings and afternoons to keeping kids safe, greeting them with smiles and love as they cross her intersection of South Highland and Foster avenues.”I really enjoyed my job. I’ll put it that way . I love kids and I make sure they’re safe and I give them all hugs in the morning,” Janicki said, “I feel like a celebrity. They really make me feel great.” Janicki became a crossing guard when her son started school and she has loved it ever since. She treats every kid like her own.”I love my kids, believe me, and I’ve seen many kids grow up, get married. I’m really going to miss them,” Janicki said. The feeling is mutual for students, staff and parents alike. “Mrs. Janice knows the kids by name. She knows the parents and they’re always looking forward to giving her hugs just like that,” said Kristina Collins, a former teacher and parent at Archbishop Borders School. The whole community is going to feel the loss. There was a group of parents who got together to put something together for her and posted it on Facebook, and there were tons of comments just basically saying how much she meant to everyone and people who had been crossing with her years ago,” said Therese Cole, an Archbishop Borders parent. On Monday, the community showed Janicki just how much she means to them with flowers, cards and gifts, like Bingo daubers, all to send Janicki into retirement with much love as she has shown them.” Now, I’m going to rest, hopefully, Janicki said. But she’s not saying goodbye to this corner for good. She said she’ll still stop by every now and then to greet her kids with a big smile, a big hug and a whole lot of love.

A Baltimore City crossing guard is retiring after more than 40 years of service.

Janice Janicki, 85, has become a pillar on the corner of South Highland Avenue and Foster Avenue. She helps kids get to Archbishop Borders School safely.

Janicki carried her stop sign and wore her bright yellow vest with pride for the last time Monday. For the past 44 years, she has dedicated her mornings and afternoons to keeping kids safe, greeting them with smiles and love as they cross her intersection of South Highland and Foster avenues.

“I really enjoyed my job. I’ll put it that way. I love kids and I make sure they’re safe and I give them all hugs in the morning,” Janicki said, “I feel like a celebrity. They really make I feel great.”

Janicki became a crossing guard when her son started school and she has loved it ever since. She treats every kid like her own.

“I love my kids, believe me, and I’ve seen many kids grow up, get married. I’m really going to miss them,” Janicki said.

The feeling is mutual for students, staff and parents alike.

“Mrs. Janice knows the kids by name. She knows the parents and they’re always looking forward to giving her hugs just like that,” said Kristina Collins, a former teacher and parent at Archbishop Borders School.

“The whole community is going to feel the loss. There was a group of parents who got together to put something together for her and posted it on Facebook, and there were tons of comments just basically saying how much she meant to everyone and people who had been crossing with her years ago,” said Therese Cole, an Archbishop Borders parent.

On Monday, the community showed Janicki just how much she means to them with flowers, cards and gifts, like Bingo daubers, all to send Janicki into retirement with as much love as she has shown them.

“Now, I’m going to rest, hopefully,” Janicki said.

But she’s not saying goodbye to this corner for good. She said she’ll still stop by every now and then to greet her kids with a big smile, a big hug and a whole lot of love.

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