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School pupil road safety dedication rewarded at council ceremony

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:10 GMT on Thursday, July 25th, 2013.

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THE dedication of pupils across North Lanarkshire to promote road awareness and safety has been rewarded at a glitzy awards ceremony.

Work by school students across North Lanarkshire to promote road safety through assemblies and presentations was rewarded and heralded by council officials at the authority’s Junior Road Safety Officers Team of the Year Awards ceremony.

John Paul II Primary School in Viewpark was this year's award ceremony home, with the team of Ciara Cavin, Megan Donnelly, Max Queen and Gemma Wilson receiving a framed certificate, vouchers and trophies from Councillor James Coyle and Councillor Stefanie Muir, Convener and Vice Convener of the council’s Planning and Transportation Committee. 

Meanwhile, second place was awarded to Jonathan Sneddon and Lewis Longmuir, from St Bernadette's Primary School in Motherwell, with third place awarded to the team from Banton Primary School, in Kilsyth; Alana McCulloch and Jasmine Geor.

"Our Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) play a very important role in primary schools, helping pupils learn more road safety in and around their school and local community," Councillor James Coyle explained.
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"They give presentations at assemblies, run competitions and tackle local road safety issues that affect their school with teachers and parents. Thanks to their enthusiasm and commitment to their role, our JRSOs are helping keep others safe.

"These annual awards are our way of saying thank to our young officers for their hard work throughout the year. I would like to congratulate our three winning teams, and to all the other Junior Road Safety Officers across North Lanarkshire for their efforts."

The Junior Road Safety Officers scheme is supported by Amey, the council's public private partner.

Amey account director Adam Forster said: "It's great to see these young people promoting road safety at school and at home, and we're very pleased to be supporting these awards again this year. No matter how people travel to school or work, we all use the road network, so learning safe behaviours from an early age is critical to ensure wider community resilience in the future."
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