North Lanarkshire school pupils take part in council calendar competition
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 17:00 GMT on Wednesday 9th January, 2013.

SCHOOL kids across North Lanarkshire have been given the message ‘Red, amber and green - just make sure you're seen’ in a colourful attempt to ensure North Lanarkshire’s continued road safety success.

The message comes as part of the council’s annual calendar competition, which is now in its 48th year.

As part of the competition all local school pupils are asked to discuss the importance of road safety and then design an illustration for the calendar.

This year saw around 8,000 children from 87 schools take part with a selection of the best entries nominated for the final by each school.

"Our calendar competition has become more and more popular each year, and the standard of designs this year was fantastic," said Councillor James Coyle, Convener of the Planning and Transportation Committee.

Judging was carried out by a panel of experts, including representatives from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and our Learning and Leisure Services and Road Safety team.

In the end the winner was Gillian Scott, in S3 at Braidhurst High School, Bellshill. Gillian's winning design will feature on 3,000 wall calendars and 1,500 wall charts, which have been distributed to every school throughout North Lanarkshire as well as e-calendars sent to all council services.

Councillor Coyle added: "It is an important part of our road safety work as pupils discuss the subject in school and use their own creativity to get across the key messages in a fun way. The calendar itself is a great way of highlighting road safety all year long, and Gillian's striking design is colourful and eye catching. Congratulations to Gillian and to all the pupils who submitted many excellent designs."
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