School safety guards, child safety officers and members from the Chesterfield County Police Support Services Division celebrated the retirement of two of their own last Monday. Becky Hypes retired with 30 years of service and June Jones retired with 36 years of service.
Hypes served the children of Curtis and Chester Middle School for most of her 30 years. Jones’ last placement was serving the children of Salem Church Elementary and Middle Schools. Before moving to Salem, she worked the student crossing at Falling Creek and Bensley elementary schools and then Falling Creek and Beulah elementary schools.
Both are looking forward to retirement. Hypes said it feels good to retire, but she is a pastor’s wife and will be mentoring with their church and starting a Good News Club at Bellwood Elementary School. She is also happy to be able to spend more time with her grandchild.
Jones said she is happy not having to get up so early and get dressed, plus she will enjoy doing lots of traveling.
The school guards replacing Hypes and Jones are anxious to meet their new students. All agree that their children they are helping bring them something different everyday.
The thing they love most about the job is how they start out with kindergarteners and watch them grow up through the fifth grade. They know when they are sick, happy and sad. Sometimes they may ask them for a pencil, a notebook and sometimes even lunch money.
With the opening of school, they ask for everyone when passing a school to drive defensively, look out for everyone, be always on guard and drive the speed limit.