11/04/2024 - Permalink

Children invited to design Shropshire’s next road safety superhero

Related topics: Children's services / Highways, transport and environmental maintenance

Primary school children across Shropshire are being invited to design a superhero to feature in Shropshire Council’s new schools’ road safety programme.

The ‘Our Journey’ programme will be aimed at students in primary schools and will launch in September 2024.

As part of the new programme the council’s sustainable travel team are asking children to create a new ‘superhero squad’ to support children with their learning.

Students at Woodside Primary School in Oswestry have already designed ‘Super Zeb’ the road safety Zebra (pictured) who will be turned into an animated character later this term. Now, other schools are been invited to come up with their own characters.

Super Zeb

Schools will be contacted on Monday 15 April 2024 with details on how to enter the competition. The deadline for entries is Friday 24 May.

Teachers will be asked to select the best entries from their schools, which will then be judged by the council’s sustainable travel team, along with Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children and education, Kirstie Hurst-Knight.

Prizes will be  awarded to the winning children and schools.

Councillor Hurst-Knight, said:

“We love Super Zeb and now we want to give children at all the primary schools in our area the chance to design their own superhero too. I hope as many schools and children as possible will take up our invitation.

“Your designs could be anything you want, but you might like to design a superhero based around the names of road crossings – a pelicans, toucan, puffin, tiger or even a Pegasus.

“Three winning designs will be selected from across the county and will be turned into animated characters and used in a new series of road safety education films in the year ahead.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing and judging all the entries.”

The sustainable travel team will also support schools to achieve Modeshift STARS accreditation and deliver a new digital road safety education programme comprised of tailored sessions aimed at each year group.