Pupils make their mark over community safety

WINNER ... Emma Crute with Gaynor Crute, left, chairman of Monk Hesleden Parish Council,and Joanna Clark, headteacher of Blackhall Primary School.
WINNER ... Emma Crute with Gaynor Crute, left, chairman of Monk Hesleden Parish Council,and Joanna Clark, headteacher of Blackhall Primary School.
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SCHOOL pupils have made their mark in a community safety campaign.

Blackhall Colliery Primary School pupils have designed posters in the hope of deterring residents from allowing their dogs to foul the streets.

The children in Years 5 and 6 were asked by Monk Hesleden Parish Council and the Dogs Trust in Darlington to design the posters after concerns were raised by parents, residents and school staff.

The winning entries were enlarged and displayed in several locations to try and make the streets of Blackhall a cleaner place.

Joanna Clark, headteacher at the school, said: “We at Blackhall Colliery Primary School are proud of the strong links we have forged with the community and we look forward to the opportunity to help make a positive difference to the local environment.

“All the children enjoyed taking part in the competition and in doing so they developed an understanding and awareness of the problem.”

The Dogs Trust judged the winner to be Emma Crute, 10, followed in second place by Grace Fallow, 11, while Robyn Dowling, 10, was third.

The winners received their awards in a special assembly held by the Trust, who brought along Molly the dog.

Gaynor Crute, chairman of Monk Hesleden Parish Council, said the competition was launched following complaints.

She said: “The parish council took the opportunity to work with the Dogs Trust and the school as a result of concerns from parents and residents alike about the persistence of dog fouling in Blackhall Colliery, and in particular on the pavements around the school.

“The children put a lot of thought and effort into designing their banners and we hope that the message that this sends out will shame the small minority of dog walkers into cleaning up after their pets.

“The streets of our village belong to everyone and the children feel very strongly that they have a right to get to and from their school in a clean and safe environment.”