Added: Wednesday 25 April 2012
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Children from Woodnewton school in Corby have been ‘boarding’ a ‘walking bus’ to help make their journey to and from school safer.
The joint project between the school, officers from Corby Safer Community Team and Corby Borough Council was in response to an increasing number of concerns about inconsiderate parking, particularly around the start and end of the school day.
The safety campaign, which started on Tuesday 17 April, has proved to be a ‘walking’ success and will be officially launched on Tuesday 1st May when Gail McDade, mayor for Corby joins the bus as it pulls out from Pytchley Court.
Funding for the initiative was secured from the Local Operating Team (A partnership organisation which offers support to children as defined by local need) and was used to purchase hi-vis vests, a walking rope and prizes and rewards for all children who took part.
PCSO Steve Coles and other local officers visited the school assembly at the end of March to tell the pupils how they could join this new and exiting way of getting to the school.
Registered volunteers, with the assistance of sixth form students from Lodge Park Technology College, accompany those children that have registered to ‘board’ the walking bus. The children hold along the length of the rope until they reach their school and again on return to Pytchley Court at the end of the day.
Officers will continue to patrol the roads near the school and take action to deal with parking offences where appropriate.
PCSO Coles, who organised the event said: “We have been aware of the concerns over inappropriate parking outside the school, which is putting the safety of the pupils, parents and staff at risk. The walking bus is a fun and enjoyable way of getting the children to school and encouraging parents to park further away”.
“We are dedicated to ensuring the safety of the children attending the school and the success of this project could see a walking bus taking children to other schools in the area.”
For further information on the walking bus and other activities of your Safer Community Team, visit the Local Policing pages at www.northants.police.uk/sct or email SCT – CorbyTown@northants.police.uk.