Job well done
Doing any job for nearly 49 years is notable, but Lora Mae Lowrey’s long service as a crossing guard is special because she watched out for the welfare of many Columbus students.
Lowery, 87, turned in her stop sign and vest, finally deciding to retire as a Columbus Police Department crosswalk monitor. She supervised crosswalks near Columbus Signature Academy — Fodrea campus, St. Bartholomew Catholic School and Columbus East High School while battling rain, wind, snow and heat.
Lowery showed a great work ethic and a level of dedication to the safety of children that is worth a heartfelt thanks from parents.
The end of Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.’s year marked the end of classes for about 11,500 students in the district’s 18 schools but also the retirement of 69 employees who have contributed in some way to the welfare and betterment of children.
Combined they represented more than 1,000 years of teaching and more than 600 years of support staff experience. Their contributions helped make a difference in the educations of many students, and those efforts are to be commended.
Columbus had a nice connection to the Indianapolis 500 this year as resident Allison Grana served as an Indy 500 princess.
Grana, a fifth-year pharmacy student at Purdue University, returned home May 18 to visit Parkside Elementary School, which she attended. She rode in an official 500 vehicle and took time to meet students and pose with them for photos.
The princess designation was a nice honor for Grana and the community.