Thousands celebrate school crossing guard Claire, 94, retiring after 57 years

By Jill Dando News

Claire Bauman is finally hanging up her stop sign after nearly six decades on the job.

The 94-year-old crossing guard got the celebrity treatment as she arrived at Horace Mann Elementary School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in style – a flashy limousine.

Family, friends, alumni and current students gathered to celebrate her lengthy career and send her off on a happy retirement.

“We love her for caring for our kids, giving service to our community and showing up every day,” said Dr. John J. Cafagna, principal of Horace Mann Elementary School.

Pictures via Cherry Hill Fire Department

The 94-year-old started her job as a crossing guard in 1965, and said she kept coming back because she loved the kids and staff at Horace Mann

“It’s just awesome,” Bauman told CBS 3. 


“They’ve done so many things for me here. It’s such a great school.” 

After nearly six decades of service, Bauman decided this would be her last year, and to celebrate her retirement, Horace Mann Elementary School started planning several different events. 

Last week, there was a parade held in her honor, and on Monday, she arrived at work in a limo driven by one of the first students she met at the school. 

Claire added: “I hope that the person that takes my place likes it as much as I did. I loved this school, loved everybody in it. It’s been a good 57 years.”

People from across the entire community lined up to congratulate the inspirational Claire.

Cherry Hill Fire Department turned up with flowers and paid their own tribute (pictured).

Photo by Cherry Hill Fire Department

They said: “Congratulations to Crossing Guard Ms. Claire Bauman from the men and women of the Cherry Hill Fire Department! 

“She has been providing safe passage to three generations of Horace Mann Elementary students. Congratulations Ms. Bauman, and enjoy your well deserved retirement!”

(Pictures via Cherry Hill Fire Department Facebook)

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