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Campaign to keep children safe near school

All Saints J&I School in North Featherstone is running a campaign asking parents not to park outside the school . (p620a412)

All Saints J&I School in North Featherstone is running a campaign asking parents not to park outside the school . (p620a412)

Schoolchildren are appealing to parents and drivers to help keep them safe by not parking outside their school.

Pupils from All Saints’ J&I School in North Featherstone have started a campaign encouraging mums and dads to ditch their vehicles before reaching the school gates.

All Saints is situated on North Close, a cul-de-sac, and staff are trying to prevent motorists parking in that area as it causes a obstruction to other drivers and makes it difficult for children to cross the road.

Youngsters have also taken part in a competition, where they designed letters home to parents explaining the dangers and pointing out alternative places to park.

The winners were announced in a special school assembly. Their letters were printed off and sent home as part of the campaign, which is being supported by the Normanton and Featherstone neighbourhood police team (NPT).

Officers have been patrolling the streets around the school and speaking to drivers parked on North Close.

The school has also worked with the road safety team to teach children about the risks involved.

Eileen Passmore, teaching assistant and road safety liaison officer, said: “Parking on the school cul-de-sac is putting children at risk because they can’t see the road through the parked cars.

“The competition was part of a whole school campaign to raise awareness of the dangers the children face. We are also trying to get parents to accompany their children to the crossing instead of dropping them off at the bottom as quite often they just run out to catch up with friends.”

 

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