|Maria Mupayah with family and school crossing patrol in front of her design|
A presentation ceremony was held to thank them for their service. Cllr David Bowater, Vice Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council also presented book tokens to the winners of a school crossing banner competition.
School Crossing Patrols were formally recognised in Britain by the School Crossing Patrols Act in 1953. This year is the Diamond Jubilee for school crossings.
Schools with patrols were invited to enter an art competition showing their school’s patrol in action. Four winning entries were chosen to be printed on banners and displayed outside schools.
The winners were: Ellie Gajewski from Totternhoe Lower School, Eden Chimwe from Thornhill Lower School, Maria Mupayah from Hawthorn Park Lower School and Ethan Valenti from Beaudesert Lower School.
Cllr Budge Wells, Deputy Executive Member for Sustainable Communities (Services), said: "We really do have a lot to thank these unsung heroes of our streets. Some of our crossing patrollers have done many years service for our children and it is right that we should thank them in this way.
"We had some fantastic entries to the art competition so thanks to everyone who took part. The winning designs look great on the big banners - congratulations to Ellie, Eden, Maria and Ethan."
‘Stop Means Stop’ (S.M.S) Campaign ‘
Everyday throughout the UK some road users:-
- Fail to STOP when the School Crossing Patrollers display their signs in the road.
- Move off before the School Crossing Patroller has returned to the pavement.
Failure to obey a school crossing patrol Stop sign could result in a maximum fine of £1000 plus 3 points on your driving licence and could even result in injury or death.