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    SAFETY PROJECT: Ararat West Primary School student Finn is pictured with one of the characters he developed for Central Grampians LLEN’s Safe to School animation.

Ararat schools roll out safety project

Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network and three Ararat primary schools have launched a new road-safety resource.

Safe to School: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility is a series of animations developed by Ararat West Primary School, Ararat Primary School and St Mary’s Primary School students under the guidance of Wimmera artist Hannah French.

CGLLEN has overseen the collaborative project that helps to address safety issues around student pick-up and drop-off times, safe routes to school and transport to and from school.

VicRoads’ Community Road Safety Grant 2020-2021 Safe to School Program provided funding for the development.

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CGLLEN executive officer Jane Moriarty said the online launches celebrated months of hard work by Ms French and the students involved.

“Unfortunately, COVID-19 restrictions delayed the launch of our Safe to School resource, but we couldn’t be happier with the end result,” she said.

“The animation helps to address some serious road safety issues in a fun and innovative way and works on the principle that primary school students relate more readily to messages developed and delivered by their peers.”

Ms Moriarty said a Victoria Police presentation focusing on bicycle and scooter use, pedestrian safety, passenger safety and signs around schools informed content for the animation. 

“The students involved in this project were selected for their artistic talent and they have done an amazing job of illustrating characters for the animation,” she said.

“We were also really impressed by the story-lines they developed and the way they were able to work with Hannah to bring those stories to life.”

To reinforce the messages in the animation, CGLLEN has developed a collection of community resources, including posters, flyers and pavement stickers. 

The organisation has also provided all Ararat primary schools with classroom resources to ensure students gain a thorough understanding of road safety.

“Ultimately, making sure children get to school safely is everyone’s responsibility and that’s why we wanted this project to reach the whole community,” Ms Moriarty said.

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