Junior Citizen

The winner of this year’s Elmbridge Junior Citizen competition, who designed a great poster with an important safety message, was presented with their award on Friday (13 October) at Esher Church of England School.

In June, over 1,400 Year 6 children from across the Borough attended Elmbridge Junior Citizen at Walton Fire Station. Junior Citizen is a great way for children to learn vital safety lessons such as first aid, fire safety, railway safety, water safety and stranger danger in a fun and engaging environment.

To gauge the impact of the recent Elmbridge Junior Citizen child safety event, the Elmbridge Community and Safety Partnership asked the participating children to enter a competition to draw their most memorable moment.

"It is generally accepted that children start to become more independent as they prepare to leave junior school. They are often expected to cope increasingly on their own and deal with changes in their lives – such as the move to a secondary school. The agencies attending Junior Citizen ensure that their presentations are as interactive as possible and reflect current dangers to children. Knowing that children learn by ‘doing’ rather than being ‘told’. Junior Citizen is a fantastic way of getting young people involved in making a difference in their community. It is a fun, thought provoking, innovative way of delivering valuable safety, security and respect messages to young citizens, who will hopefully remember what they have learnt, and put this into practice, should the need arise.”

It is with thanks to Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Surrey Police, St John Ambulance, Abellio, British Transport Police, South Western Railway and the RNLI who provide volunteers for the event and who run such engaging sessions.

The winner was Leticia who was presented with £50 worth of vouchers, a certificate and a laminated copy of her artwork by the Elmbridge Chief Executive, Robert Moran, Councillor Mary Marshall and PC Jebb at a school assembly at Esher Church of England School.

The winning design will feature in next year’s Junior Citizen booklet.

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