Keeping children from Bovey Tracey visible

(Last Updated On: February 25, 2020)

Bovey Tracey Primary School children are keen to be seen after receiving hi-vis safety vests from Newton Abbot’s Specsavers store.

The school’s Parent-Teacher Association members found out about the Specsavers’ scheme donating vests to local schools, so they approached the Newton Abbot store to see if it could help out.

Headteacher, Louise Prywata, says: ‘High visibility is so important while keeping children safe on school trips. When the children need to walk along the pavements and cross the road, it is much easier for traffic to see us if we have the hi-vis vests.’

Since 2012, Specsavers has donated more than one million hi-vis vests to schools, nurseries and youth groups during the winter months, and the Newton Abbot store was more than happy to assist the primary school.

Mike Stone, Chair of Bovey Tracey Primary School PTA, adds: ‘These hi-vis vests will be a great resource for our pupils and will be used regularly throughout the year, ensuring our young people are safer when they are out in the community.

‘We’re truly thankful to Specsavers for their kind and generous offer to supply the vests to our school. It really is appreciated.’

Specsavers is a co-sponsor of Road Safety Week, an annual event aimed at raising awareness of road safety messages.

Julie Zberowski, store director, says: ‘We are always proud to support the Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey communities in any way we can, and what better way to highlight road safety than ensuring local children are safe when they’re out and about.

‘Now that evenings are darker we want to ensure that children feel they are visible to motorists during the next few months.

‘Providing children with high-visibility vests is a simple but effective way of doing this, and we’re pleased to have been able to donate the vests to such a deserving school.’

Photos show Emily Mayor, the Newton Abbot store manager, with pupils from Bovey Tracey Primary School.

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