Mike presents awards to Lock Out Poster Winners

News from Medway Council website

Schoolchildren have attended a special presentation in Rochester Library after entering a competition to design a poster or leaflet warning old or vulnerable people about the dangers of strangers at their doors.

The winners attended the Award Ceremony not realising that their design had been chosen. Their teacher when they entered the competition and who is now Acting as Head of School at High Halstow Primary School, Mrs Gemma Stangroom, said: ‘I didn’t tell them they had won, so they were shocked when they arrived to see their design in a frame. This was definitely a challenge for them, but it came at the end of term and they really enjoyed being creative and coming up with ideas.’

All Year 5 and 6 pupils (age 9-11) attending junior schools in Medway were challenged to design an A4 sized poster or leaflet to warn vulnerable or older people about the dangers of doorstep criminals and paying special attention to bogus callers.

The winning design was by Bailey Coates and Lydia Taft from High Halstow Primary School. It features the Big Bad Wolf with simple and accurate instructions for what people should do if they are suspicious of anyone calling at their home.

The award ceremony was held in the childrens’ section of Rochester Library, Eastgate, High Street, Rochester, on the 21st November 2012 at 11a.m. Councillor Mike O’Brien, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact, awarded the prizes to the pupils with the best designs. He said: ‘It is very rewarding to see how thoughtful these young school children are about the fears that older people and the most vulnerable have about strangers. I thought it was interesting how the winning poster related that to Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf.’

There were prizes for the designers of the top 5 posters and a High Halstow Primary School won a trophy for being the school attended by the overall winner.

All entries will be on display in the library. The winning poster will be reproduced and used in Medway as part of the National Consumer Week Doorstep Crime initiative, as well as being displayed in council offices and buildings throughout Medway.

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