Road safety driven home

Thanks to volunteer parent helpers, all Year 2 children at Hart Plain Infant School have had road safety training
Thanks to volunteer parent helpers, all Year 2 children at Hart Plain Infant School have had road safety training
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The school run slowed its pace as children across the area took part in Walk to School Week.

And for youngsters at Hart Plain Infant School, Waterlooville, it was a chance to put into practice their new road safety skills.

Year Two children at the school received comprehensive pedestrian road safety training under the ‘Streets Ahead’ scheme, which was lead by volunteer parent helpers Julie Riggott, Christine Moyes and Vicky Bailey.

The child pedestrian training scheme was organised by Hampshire County Council and saw all 80 children in the year group take part.

Their teacher, Carole Fenton, who is also the school’s Healthy Schools Co-ordinator, said the children valued the opportunity and enjoyed working with the volunteer team.

She added: ‘The children learned some very important skills in road safety and we have been able to see the benefits of this during local visits.

‘We now provide fluorescent jackets for each child to wear during visits around the local area.’

Ruth Kenny, the school’s head teacher, thanked the volunteer team for giving up their time to support the cause on behalf of the children.

She said: ‘Our parent volunteer helpers gave up an enormous amount of their free time to help our children in year two. We are extremely grateful to them and the council, who specially trained our volunteers.’

Hampshire County Council is running further courses to enable volunteers to become ‘Streets Ahead’ trainers in local schools.

Anyone interested must be nominated by a local head teacher. For further information contact Hampshire County Council on 01962 846100.