Who ya gunna call? Parking Busters!
The pupils worked with other local schools in putting together a multi-platform campaign to improve road safety around their schools.
What Inspired the Project?
The school commented:
“We were all experiencing similar issues with parents parking on double yellow lines,
school corners and school car parks. Most of us have had ‘near misses’ with
children crossing the road both before and after school.”
What were the aims of the project?
The ultimate aim of the project was to increase child safety on the roads surrounding the participating primary schools. The initiative involved raising awareness through the use of many creative schemes, including:
Placing banners outside schools
Placing parking signs outside school (obtained from the local council)
Producing a fun but informative music video to share online and in DVD format
Holding a mascot competition and using the winning design as part of the campaign
How Successful was the Project?
Northfield Country Primary reports that Parking Busters has been a tremendous success:
“All schools have seen a decrease in the number of parents parking inappropriately. Also, there have been fewer complaints from local neighbours regarding the way parents are parking.
There are less incidences of children’s safety being compromised and
children are more aware of road safety issues.”
The legacy of Parking Busters is that the six schools involved with the project are continuing to work together to combat the shared issue of child road safety. The children have formed a committee that allows for each school to share the results of ongoing road safety projects and put forward ideas for new projects. There is a plan in place to appoint new committee member for the upcoming school year. Congratulations once again to Northfold County Primary School!