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St Wilfrid’s has the brightest children
Friday 21st October, 2005

St Wilfrid’s has the brightest children
Clare Orrell (headteacher), Andy Allen (Travel Plan Co-ordinator), Julie Clarke (3M PR team) and pupils from each class of St Wilfrid's, Ashton.

The borough's brightest children belong to St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School in Ashton-in-Makerfield - thanks to Wigan Council.

As part of the nation-wide 'Be safe and be seen' campaign, the council's road safety experts is teaming up with technology firm 3M to make sure the school's children are clearly visible on the streets this autumn.

It's parents' responsibility to ensure their children get to school safely each day, but to lighten the load 3M is providing over 100 high-visibility vests for use by 7-10 year olds, teachers and helpers for wear near busy roads.

Headteacher Clair Orrell says: "The vests will be an invaluable resource for when we go out on school trips. At this time of year, it is particularly important that children can be seen after dark and in bad weather, when drivers and riders may not be able to see as clearly."

The campaign is timely with the clocks going back at the end of October. Andy Allen, Road Safety Officer, explains: "At this time of year it is vital that children can be seen. We have helped the school to work out a travel plan to promote safer and greener ways of getting to school. Now I'm also working with them on the idea of using a 'walking bus' to let the children walk to school together under adult supervision, with everyone wearing reflective jackets - so this is a very timely offer.

"In any case, during the dark days of autumn and winter we encourage parents to make sure their children wear bright, fluorescent or reflective clothing to ensure they can be seen whatever the conditions. At the same time drivers also need to take care and look out for children especially near schools, parks and residential areas."

The local campaign is part of a wider road safety initiative by the company, involving more than 50,000 vests being distributed to schools close to 3M sites up and down the country.

3M's Lynn Moores adds: "We chose to target Key Stage 2 pupils for this campaign as this is the age when children may start walking or cycling to school independently."

For further details on the 'Be Safe, Be Seen' campaign log onto hedgehogs.gov.uk



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