Students give drivers message

CAROLINE BROWN
Last updated 12:00 05/08/2014

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More than 200 people gathered outside Hunterville School to watch the unveiling of new speed advisory signs.

Rangitikei Mayor Andy Watson, Cr Dean McManaway, and police joined students, teachers and parents for the big reveal.

Hunterville School principal Stephen Lewis said the unveiling of the signs was about recognising the pupils' hard work just as much as a bit of pomp and ceremony.

The new 40kmh speed advisory signs were the result of hard work by a group of five year 8 students last year, Lewis said.

After a parent had a raised concerns about the speed cars travelled outside the school, the girls had started a project.

They had gathered support in the community, become familiar with legislation, liaised with police and worked closely with the Rangitikei District Council, Lewis said.

They had made a presentation to the council last year, and had got the go-ahead, Lewis said.

"The mayor came up to them afterwards and said it had been the best presentation, by adults or students, that council had ever seen," Lewis said.

The large, "in your face" signs would make people think about their speed outside the school, Lewis said.

"It's about more than just signs, it's about education and awareness."

Lewis said he was grateful to the council but even more thankful to the girls who had worked hard to make the school safer for future students.

Hunterville ward councillor McManaway, who worked with the pupils during the process, said he was impressed by the amount of work they had put in.

"More and more vehicles will be coming along that road and we need to make sure everyone is aware that there is a school there."

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- Manawatu Standard

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