Hippo Motor Group loves cars. We are passionate about all things four-wheeled and how they can change your life. They do, however, come with responsibilities. Everyone including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians need to know the rules of the road to stay safe. Which is why Hugo the Hippo has been visiting schools in the Lancashire area, talking to pupils and teachers about road safety.
Hugo and friends arrived at the schools where the pupils and teachers were all excited to see him. The pupils sat attentively as Hugo talked about road safety and what they should do at each crossing and to hold hands with a parent or guardian when crossing the road, especially when there is no marked crossing. At the end of each visit, Hugo took photos and hugs with the pupils and their teachers so that they would not forget him or what he has taught him.
The children will learn the differences between the Pelican crossing, Puffin crossing, Zebra crossing and Toucan crossings. They will learn what is special about each crossing and what they must do when they arrive at any of them. Hugo will also teach them what to do when they reach a road that has no crossing. The children must hold the hand of the responsible parent or guardian and look left, then right and left again before crossing, whilst continually checking for any moving cars as they cross.
On his journey, Hugo also gave every child in Reception classes at the chosen schools a Road Safety Pack. This includes a booklet with games and activities to play in order to teach the children about road safety, including what to do at each pedestrian crossing. They also get a Hugo stamped packet of coloured pencils each to colour in Hugo the Hippo in the booklet. For additional safety, we have also supplied reflectors for the children to wear on their coats and bags to make sure they are more visible to drivers.
Each class was given a mini Hugo the Hippo soft toy to ensure they always remember the rules of the road. Hopefully, he will sit in the corner of each classroom. The teachers also received a pack specifically to help them teach the children the rules of the road.
Hugo’s journey is not over yet and next week, he will be visiting more school. He cares that the children, parents, guardians and teachers are all safe when crossing the road.
We would like to thank the following schools for working with us to ensure our children know the rules of the road and stay safe.
14/11/2016 St Barnabas C of E Primary School – Darwen
14/11/2016 St Cuthbert’s C of E Primary School – Darwen
14/11/2016 St Johns the Baptist – Padiham
14/11/2016 Barrowford Primary School – Barrowford
14/11/2016 Feniscowles Primary School – Feniscowles
15/11/2016 Bacup Thorn Primary School – Bacup
21/11/2016 Shadsworth Infant School – Blackburn
21/11/2016 St Gabriel’s – Blackburn
21/11/2016 New Longton All Saints – New Longton
If you or anyone else you know would like to know more about our commitment to road safety, then feel free to email is at [email protected] or call us on 01254 919000 and press option 5.