The town of Abington, Pennsyvlania and Highland Elementary School is celebrating Dorothy ‘Miss Dottie’ Kalkbrenner, a Spring House Estates resident, retiring after nearly half a century of dedicated service as a crossing guard to school children.

'Miss Dottie' will turn 90 years old young this summer. To mark the milestone she is hanging up her safety vest. Her unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety of countless children has left an indelible mark on the community, guiding generations of students with her warm smile and caring heart.

Her last day on the job, Miss Dottie received a Certificate of Commendation from Abington Township and many hand-drawn thank you cards.


"It's important to keep the children safe," Kalkbrenner said in a story that aired on ABC News and ABC's Good Morning America. "It's time for me to retire and take part in where I live."

Miss Dottie says she looks forward to being more active at Spring House Estates and take part in a multitude of activities, events and amenities. She could also explore other hobbies and interests in this vibrant retirement community.

Dottie’s retirement marks the end of an era for her early morning school days, but her legacy will live on in the countless lives she has touched.

Read this wonderful story about Dottie that aired on Philadelphia's ABC Action News.