Abi­gail and Jack take up ju­nior safety roles

SLC ini­tia­tive launch

Rutherglen Reformer - - Chef’s Corner - Jonathan Ged­des

Two Burgh Pri­mary pupils re­cently took up their new roles as ju­nior road safety of­fi­cers.

Abi­gail McNeil and Jack Heaney were joined by coun­cil­lor Graham Simp­son, Chair of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s Road Safety Fo­rum, for their first of­fi­cial en­gage­ment.

The event, held at Chatel­her­ault Coun­try Park in Hamil­ton, was or­gan­ised by SLC to give the young peo­ple the chance to meet with JRSOs from other schools and share best prac­tice.

Part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions also showed their sup­port, and the po­lice, Sus­trans, XPO Lo­gis­tics, Liv­ing Streets and Bike­abil­ity Scot­land were on hand to en­hance the pupils’ learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Each school se­lects two JRSO who are tasked with pro­mot­ing road safety to their peers.

The pupils are se­lected by school man­age­ment teams, af­ter an in­ter­view, if they have shown a keen in­ter­est in road safety.

Each JRSO who at­tended the in­for­ma­tion day was pro­vided with a pack con­tain­ing an ac­tiv­ity book, year plan­ner, pen and lapel badge.

Var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties took place, in­clud­ing a traf­fic trail, road safety game and in­for­ma­tional DVD.

Chair of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s Road Safety Fo­rum, Coun­cil­lor Graham Simp­son, said: “I am de­lighted that we have so many Ju­nior Road Safety Of­fi­cers across South La­nark­shire.

“Most schools should al­ready have a ju­nior road safety of­fi­cer in place for the year ahead, but if not, there’s still time to nom­i­nate.

“I would like to thank our part­ners who turned up on the day and helped make the event such a suc­cess.

“Hope­fully the event will have inspired our of­fi­cers to take the very im­por­tant mes­sages back to their schools. I wish ev­ery one of them a suc­cess­ful year in their new roles.”

On The Right Road

Abi­gail McNeil and Jack Heaney of Burgh, along­side coun­cil­lor Graham Simp­son

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