Road safety first for school pupils

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It’s safety first for pupils at North Featherstone J&I School who have won hi-visibility waistcoats in a road safety contest.

The school won the prize as part of the Be Safe, Be Seen campaign run by Wakefield clothing manufacturer Xamax to make sure youngsters are visible when walking to and from school in winter.

Xamax donated 3,000 hi visibility waistcoats to primary schools across the district, before launching the contest to give another three schools the chance to win 100 hi visibility waistcoats each.

Mandy Mattison, North Featherstone J&I school business manager, said: “We’re thrilled to be named as one of the winners of the competition. Road safety is a big concern to the school, especially during the winter months when the days become shorter and the darker nights close in. Receiving the hi-visibility waistcoats means we can encourage our pupils to be both safe and seen.”

Graham Thompson, director of Xamax, said: “As the dark nights draw in we wanted to make sure that the youngest members of our community are as safe as they can be during their walk to and from school.

“It is important as a business that we invest in the local area and that we give back wherever possible.

He added: “We hope our donation to North Featherstone J&I School helps raise road safety awareness .”

The waistcoats are branded with the school’s logo.