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Dec 09 2013

Nower Hill Pupils ‘tune in’ to Road Safety

harrow_council_logoNower Hill High School pupils are leading by example and putting their creative skills to good use to promote positive messages about road safety to children across the borough.

The group worked on a project over Road Safety Week (November 18 to November 24) set by Harrow Council to improve road safety awareness in the borough among their peers. They came up with the idea of running a competition to design new oyster card holders and hundreds of entries were subsequently received.

Leader of the Council and Cabinet member for Community Safety and Environment, Cllr Susan Hall said: “Safety is a top priority for Harrow Council and our roads are one of the safest in the country, however, it is still important that children and young people are made aware of the dangers and are advised how to avoid these. It is fantastic to see our young people taking road safety so seriously and helping others understand the dangers. We have strong partnerships with schools and our road safety team do a brilliant job engaging with and teaching children and young people how to stay safe on the roads.”

Eight winning designs were chosen from the large number of entries along with four promotacards – all providing top tips and strong messages on crossing roads safely, paying attention and keeping music down.

Dan Paton, art teacher at Nower Hill High School who helped with the design of the oyster card holders said: “The students received a good level of road safety education prior to producing the art work which is evident in the final products. They took part in a focus group, which was originally set up to determine what messages were important and how to get that message out in the best way possible. The idea was to come up with designs that would promote pedestrian safety near roads, with particular focus on the many distractions that are faced, including being preoccupied with friends, mobile devices or personal stereos.”

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