Kids pass on the safety message

Newbridge Junior School Picture: Maria Bujor

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Children will be spreading the word to promote potentially life saving road safety messages in their school.

A group of Year 5 and 6 pupils have become Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO) in 88 schools around Hampshire.

Supported by a member of the school staff the two JRSOs in each school will take responsibility for ensuring their fellow pupils understand what they can do to keep themselves safe when they are out and about.

This includes delivering road safety assemblies, running competitions and maintaining a noticeboard focusing on specific road safety messages.

The Hampshire County Council scheme was piloted in three schools before offering it to schools in the rest of the county.

At a conference at the Rose Bowl in West End, where the Hampshire cricket team play, the JRSOs were able to learn about the importance of their role and what was expected of them.

They also took part in four workshops including one where they learned about making a radio commercial and another learning how to develop catchy yet meaningful slogans.

The JRSOs are now equipped with road safety messages including being a responsible cyclist, wearing a seat belt and finding and using safe places to cross the road.

Teacher Pauline Bromly from Hamble Primary School said: 'The JRSO representatives are growing in confidence and becoming pro-active in improving safety near their own school and community.

'They also have ownership of running their own activities and initiatives to spread this vital message.'

The man in charge of the environment in Hampshire, Councillor Mel Kendal, added: 'Young people are generally open-minded and eager to learn, particularly when the subject matter is meaningful and relevant to their everyday lives.

'It will also be a significant help in encouraging the development of their independence.'

Local schools which took part in the Rose Bowl conference from Fareham were Oak Meadow Primary, Park Gate Primary, Red Barn Primary, St Jude's Catholic Primary, Uplands Primary and Wicor Primary.

From Gosport there were Alverstoke Junior and Bedenham Primary. From Havant there were Emsworth Primary, Front Lawn Junior, Purbrook Junior, Sharps Copse Primary, and Waite End Primary.

To find out more about the scheme go to hants.gov.uk/roadsafety