SIX children have received awards for promoting road, community and personal safety messages in their schools and communities.
Oliver Hynds and Cordero Roche, from Huntington Primary School in Chester, were given the highest honour by being named Junior Safety Officers (JSO) of the Year.
Annabel Beddoes and Ewan Parnell, from Neston Primary School, and Mollie Baker and Katy Leigh from Cherry Grove Primary School in Boughton all received Highly Commended awards.
Lynn Riley, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s executive member for localities, and Chief Inspector Andy Smith of Cheshire Police visited Huntington Primary School to congratulate Oliver and Cordero on their success.
The children were presented with a personalised shield, certificate and prizes, while headteacher Duncan Rose received the JSO shield.
Annabel, Ewan, Mollie and Katy were awarded certificates and prizes in recognition of their Highly Commended status by the council’s road safety officer, Lue Ellis.
The six pupils were selected from 270 who have carried out the role of JSO in the borough’s schools over the past year.
Cllr Riley said: “We now have 135 primary schools across West Cheshire participating in our Junior Safety Officer programme, and the standards have never been higher.
“My warmest congratulations go to Oliver and Cordero, as well as Annabel, Ewan, Mollie and Katy, on their awards which recognise all of their hard work over the past year.
“Together with all of the youngsters who have undertaken the role of JSO this year, they have helped to make their schools and communities safer places by promoting key messages in a fun and meaningful way. They should be rightly proud of their efforts.”
The JSO scheme incorporates messages from the council’s Safe and Sustainable Travel Team and Cheshire police, who work together to promote various aspects of safety to primary school children and the wider community.
Each year two Year 6 pupils are chosen to promote road, community and personal safety within their school.
Their roles include reading out safety messages during assemblies and organising competitions.
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