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Manning River Times - Friday 15 May, 2009

Emphasis is on road safety

The emphasis is on road safety

15/05/2009 12:00:00 AM
THERE won't be any buses or cars to be seen around Tinonee Public School this morning.

It's National Walk Safely to School Day, and buses and parents' cars will be kept at a safe distance.

The bus company has agreed to drop children off two blocks from the school, where students will be met by teachers and walked safely to school.

Similarly, parents who drive their children to school have been asked to leave the car a good distance away, and walk with them the rest of the way.

There will be a special surprise waiting for them at school – fresh fruit for a healthy breakfast.

Along the way the children will be reinforcing a combination of unique messages of road safety, health, public transport and the environment. The day is a culmination of special lessons at Tinonee in recent weeks in which teachers have stressed the road safety message and put up posters in the classrooms.

On Wednesday afternoon the police youth liaison officer Brad Barry visited the school to talk to the children about road safety.

In particular he focused on crossing the road at the flag outside the school, which has neither a pedestrian crossing nor traffic lights nor flashing warning lights.

Children from kindergarten to year 2 have been practising crossing the road at the crossing flags with their teachers.

Woolworths and Coles have sponsored the school with vouchers for fresh fruit, which parents are preparing before school today.

Children will be wearing their Walk Safely to School stickers, issued by the Pedestrian Council of Australia.

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