SCHOOLCHILDREN have been congratulated for keeping their friends and family safe on the roads.

Youngsters have won awards for their work as junior safety officers.

Two pupils from Farndon Primary School in Chester, Alex and Isabelle won first prize with pupils Finlay and Mia from Willow Wood Primary in Winsford, and William and Imogen from The King’s School, Chester receiving highly commended awards.

All the children have worked hard promoting road, community and personal safety messages both in their schools and to the wider community over the past year.

The Junior Safety Officer Scheme incorporates safety messages from the council’s road safety team and Cheshire Constabulary, who work in partnership to deliver the project.

Every year two pupils are nominated to promote road, community and personal safety within their school. Their role entails reading out special safety messages during assemblies and organising competitions.

The children kept special diaries to record how they raised awareness of road, personal and community safety in their individual schools and the community over the past 12 months as a log of their work.

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The council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for environment, highways and strategic transport, Cllr Karen Shore said: “All primary schools are invited to nominate children in year six to take part in the Junior Safety Officer Scheme, not only to help spread safety messages in their schools, but also to parents, grandparents and carers in their local communities.

“The council’s road safety team and Cheshire Constabulary work closely with the children so that everyone knows how to keep themselves safer. I’d like to congratulate all the winners on their success and thank them for all their hard work during their busy year in office.”