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Gateshead pupil wins star prize in road safety competition
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 19th September 2017 at 13:55

Firefighters visited Dunston Hill Community Primary School this morning to help congratulate one of its star pupils Mathew Wright, aged 10 has won a 'highly commended' certificate in a poster competition organised by Brake, the road safety charity. Matthew wowed judges with his “slow down children around” message and has had his design turned into a large professional banner that will now go on display on the railings outside the entrance to the school, where it will be seen by hundreds of drivers every day. The poster also features Brake mascot, Zak the zebra. Matthew has also won a Hobbycraft voucher and a visit to the local fire station�� for himself and his classmates. He was among nearly 7,000 children, aged 4-11, from 500 schools who entered the national competition, sponsored by Co-op Insurance, and supported by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC). The project hopes to inspire and engage children about the need for drivers to slow down so kids can walk and cycle��‍♀️ to school safely. Lynne Bainbridge, teacher at Dunston Hill Community Primary School, said: "Our pupils at Dunston Hill are very creative and we knew that they would be able to demonstrate their understanding through their posters. I was delighted to hear that Matthew's poster was highly commended!" Keith Carruthers, Area Manager with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Matthew is clearly a talented young man and his poster is really impressive. I hope the banner featuring his artwork will help remind motorists to drive safely, especially when they are passing a school and children are likely to be at potential risk. "Our crews are often the first on the scene of road collisions and see first-hand the consequences of driving too fast. We fully support this initiative by Brake, it's an imaginative way of promoting key safety messages with the aim of reducing the number of collisions and casualties.” Crew Manager Andrew Lane took Blue Watch from Swalwell fire station��out to the school this morning to help with the presentations. See more on the evening news on Made in Tyne & Wear, 6pm tonight.��
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