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87-Year-Old Crossing Guard Retires After 55 Years of Service | Good News America

Sandra Bellew, known as "Ms. Sandy" to Missouri's Independence School District students and staff, is retiring after nearly 55 years of service as a school crossing guard. Bellew's last day on the job was May 26, 2023.

To celebrate her many years of dedicated service, a group of students surprised Bellew with homemade signs, flowers, and hugs on her last Friday on the job.

ISandra Bellew, known as "Ms. Sandy"  at Independence School District
Sandra Bellew, known as "Ms. Sandy" at Independence School District

"It was a happy feeling, and they all had such smiles on their faces," said Bellow. "The students kept telling me how much they would miss me. And of course, I had several crying, and it was healing in a way, knowing that they did care and they will miss me."

ISandra Bellew, known as "Ms. Sandy"  at Independence School District
Sandra Bellew, known as "Ms. Sandy" at Independence School District

Bellew started working as a crossing guard in September 1968, and over the years, she has helped generations of students, their children, and even their grandchildren cross safely to school.

Sandra Bellew, known as "Ms. Sandy"  at Independence School District
Sandra Bellew, known as "Ms. Sandy" at Independence School District

Reflecting on her long career, Bellew said that she will miss meeting new people the most, as well as "seeing the kids and getting hugs from them." However, she is looking forward to her next chapter, which will include staying active by swimming, doing water aerobics, and exercising to keep herself strong.


Bellew's dedication to her job and the students she served is an inspiration to all of us. We wish her a happy retirement and thank her for her many years of service to the community.

Sandra Bellew, known as "Ms. Sandy"  at Independence School District
Sandra Bellew, known as "Ms. Sandy" at Independence School District

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