Pupils come knock­ing to warn on doorstep safety

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY - EMILY MUR­RAY

PRI­MARY school chil­dren have joined a cam­paign to ed­u­cate young­sters about the dan­gers of doorstep call­ers.

Stu­dents at Bolling­ton Cross Pri­mary School, Chelford Pri­mary School, Dean Val­ley Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School and Lo­s­tock Hall Pri­mary School were among 25 schools to take part in Cheshire East Coun­cil’s an­nual ‘ knock knock’ cam­paign.

Chil­dren were en­cour­aged to cre­ate art­work car­ry­ing im­por­tant mes­sages about doorstep safety, in­clud­ing in­struct­ing chil­dren to keep doors and win­dows locked and be aware of bo­gus call­ers.

More than 240 year five and six pupils sub­mit­ted their de­signs to the coun­cil and 36 were cho­sen to form a 2016 cal­en­dar.

All pupils who en­tered re­ceived their own calen- dar and the win­ners re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate and wa­ter bot­tle.

Win­ners from Mac­cles­field, Poyn­ton and Bolling­ton in­cluded Sum­mer Wil­liams and Imo­gen Pem­ber­ton from Bolling­ton Cross Pri­mary School, Natasha She­p­ley and Rose Mend­ham from Chelford CE Pri­mary School, Paddy Watts, Mil­lie Gardiner and Sacha Hancock from Dean Val­ley Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School and Zara Fa­rooq from Lo­s­tock Hall Pri­mary School.

Coun­cil­lor Les Gil­bert, who judged the com­pe­ti­tion, said: “Once again stan­dards were very high and the task of judg­ing the best en­tries was ex­tremely chal­leng­ing.

“As a coun­cil, we have been run­ning this cam­paign for five years now and it is clear that it is ex­tremely ef­fec­tive in get­ting im­por­tant per­sonal safety mes­sages across to peo­ple young and old.”

●● Some of the posters cho­sen for the cal­en­dar, de­signed by lo­cal school chil­dren (clock­wise from top left): Rose Mend­ham from Chelford Pri­mary, Natasha She­p­ley also from Chelford, Zara Fa­rooq from Lo­s­tock Hall, Mil­lie Gardiner from Dean Val­ley, Sum­mer Wil­liams from Bolling­ton Cross, Paddy Watts from Dean Val­ley, Imo­gen Pem­ber­ton from Bolling­ton Cross and Sacha Hancock from Dean Val­ley ●● Com­pe­ti­tion win­ners Rose Mend­ham (left) and Daisy Preece, both from Chelford Pri­mary School, with An­drew Bur­rows from Cheshire East Coun­cil’s trad­ing stan­dards team

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