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Formby Labour councillor Nina Killen (and son Daniel) with some of the St Jerome's poster winners, Declan, Kay, Amelie, Olivia, Grace, Edmund and Bethany.

 

Pupils at St Jerome's in Formby are sending a clear message to their parents - "Put road safety first when using roads around our school."

Talented young artists at St Jerome's took part in a competition which saw them designing posters issuing warnings about the dangers of parking irresponsibly outside the school.

From the hundreds of entries, a group was selected to be turned into permanent signage which will be displayed on roads around the school.

Harington Ward Labour councillor Nina Killen launched the scheme which has seen pupils draw up rules for making roads around the school safer. They have drafted contracts which they want their parents to sign up to and the hard-hitting posters will force home their messages.

The winning poster designer for St Jerome's is Class 5's Declan.

Other successful poster designers are Grace from Class 5, Amelie from Class 1, Olivia from Class 1, Daniel from Class 5, Faye from Class 5, Libby from Class 4, Edmond from Class 1, Kay from Class 5 and Bethany from Class 1.

The designs will now be professionally printed into all-weather signs and displayed around the school.

Schools from throughout Formby are taking part in the project.

Cllr Killen said she was delighted the scheme has captured the children's imagination.

Cllr Killen said: "It's brilliant that so many schools have taken part in this project and there's more getting involved each week. It's brilliant.

"And the driving force behind this is the pupils themselves. They are the ones who want to do something to stop dangerous driving, and dangerous parking, around their schools.

"This is evident from their brilliant posters which really do send a message back to all motorists, including their own parents. Some of these posters will be turned into banners which will be displayed around the school grounds and other will be turned into all-weather signs which will be placed on posts along the roads.

"It's difficult to ignore such colourful and powerful posters which have been created by the young people themselves. Each of the pupils should be very proud of themselves."

St Jerome's deputy headteacher Mrs Joan Cooke said the school's pupils were the ones who wanted to get involved in the campaign.

Mrs Cooke said: "For our school it's important that our children are taking a real interest in road safety. Our children are aware of the dangers on our roads, particularly around the school where it can get congested.

"Our school council has been very keen to get involved in this initiative and they have really promoted the campaign. The children themselves have been the ones who have taken the lead on this.

"They identified the problem and they wanted to work with Cllr Killen to do something about it to make our roads safer for everyone in our community."

School council member, Emma, said she hoped that parents would listen to their children's road safety message.

Emma said: "This campaign is a great idea. People have been told about the dangers of parking dangerously around school in the past. But when that message comes from their own children, they may just listen."

 

Formby Labour councillor Nina Killen (and son Daniel) with some of the St Jerome's poster winners, Declan, Kay, Amelie, Olivia, Grace, Edmund and Bethany.

 

St Jerome's pupil Declan's wining poster design.

 

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