The Senior class at St Columba’s have had a very busy week helping the Garda Traffic Corps and Dublin City Council to make Dublin a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. This all started when children and parents became concerned about the dangers encountered by people crossing the road at the traffic lights in front of our school. Two parents, Graham and Jane helped us to make contact with Dublin City Council and William Mangan – an engineer with the council – visited the school to see the problem for himself. Senior class made postcards to give to William, showing the issue through the eyes of our very creative children. The result is that our school now has the services of our two traffic wardens, Kathleen and Tony. William Mangan shared the postcards with Sarah Scannell of the cycledublin.ie initiative, who shared them with the Garda Traffic Corps and so the whole thing took off. Senior Class were invited to attend the launch of the Safer Dublin Initiative at Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s offices on Monday, 10th of October as guests of The Dublin Metropolitan Traffic Corps. The children posed with Gardaí, the Luas, Dublin Bus, Council and RSA officials and of course, the Garda horses, who were a huge hit. To read more about this event, please click here.
The children of St Columba’s have become the pin-ups of the road safety campaign featuring in a number of reports on national media and also the Garda Twitter feed. They have been excellent ambassadors, not just for the campaign but also for the school. Well done everyone.