FOUR North Lanarkshire schools celebrated success at the Junior Road Safety Officers ‘Team of the Year’ awards held in Motherwell Civic Centre.
Eirinn Molloy (P7) and Megan Grew (P6), of St Bernadette’s Primary in Motherwell, lifted first prize, with Jodie Mullen (P7), Connor Walsh (P7), Brendan Docherty (P6) and Jude McCrearney (P6), from John Paul II Primary in Viewpark second.
Declan Beggan (P7) and Megan Munro (P6), of Motherwell’s Ladywell Primary, shared third place with St Stephen’s Primary, Coatbridge, pupils Anton Dunlop (P7) and Lauren Quinn (P6).
The finalists each received a framed certificate, Argos vouchers and individual trophies while a large trophy was presented to St Bernadette’s Primary.
The JRSO scheme, sponsored by Amey Roads (North Lanarkshire) Ltd, runs in more than 110 schools. The young officers and their helpers attend a special induction course run by the council’s road safety team and support materials are provided throughout the year.
They run competitions, school assembly talks, set up road safety notice boards, support national campaigns and tackle local road safety issues around their school.
The scheme has its own website at www.jrso.com.
Councillor Jimmy Coyle, convener of planning and transportation, said: “This is a great way to recognise all of the hard work that the JRSOs have put into their roles throughout the school year.
“Their roles have not only helped them to become confident individuals but also to have a positive effect on the rest of the school community in terms of keeping them safe on the roads.”
Amey director Gordon Wilson said: “Road safety awareness ultimately saves lives. Our teams are working on the streets of North Lanarkshire daily and we’re delighted to have supported the JRSO scheme this year.”