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Are you a teacher, stu­dent or par­ent who would like FREE re­flec­tive discs for your school this win­ter?

Af­ter the out­stand­ing suc­cess of last year's Be Bright Be Seen cam­paign, we are once again team­ing up with Kent County Coun­cil Road Safety to help chil­dren be bright and be seen this win­ter.

In 2017 the KM Group and KCC kit­ted out more than 7,500 chil­dren with a free re­flec­tive disc to help them be seen in poor light. We asked teach­ers, par­ents and schools to ap­ply to re­ceive a batch of the re­flec­tors as part of the free bumper give­away - and you did so in your thou­sands. We were in­un­dated with re­quests for the re­flec­tive discs which were sent to classes, teach­ers and af­ter-school clubs. The keyrings can be clipped to cloth­ing, school bags or sports kits and even to bikes and scoot­ers. Last year they helped thou­sands of chil­dren be seen more eas­ily on the county's streets once they left the safety of their school gates or af­ter-school ac­tiv­ity and we want to make sure the same hap­pens again this year as the clocks go back. If you're a mo­torist you'll know how dif­fi­cult it can some­times be to see pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists dur­ing the dark morn­ings and evenings or when vis­i­bil­ity is poor. And be­cause school uni­forms are of­ten dark - it's im­por­tant to make sure that chil­dren's outer gar­ments have flu­o­res­cent or re­flec­tive el­e­ments. Your child will be learn­ing the road safety mes­sage ‘Be Bright, Be Seen’ at school, and it’s im­por­tant that as adults we ap­pre­ci­ate the in­creased risk the change in sea­sons can bring and do all we can to make sure our fam­i­lies are vis­i­ble - this in­cludes our­selves!

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