Sheffield school children have paid tribute to key workers - in a very unusual way

Creative primary school children have been celebrating their key worker heroes with a unique road safety-themed ‘roll’ of honour.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 9:14 am
Updated Friday, 5th March 2021, 9:18 am

As part of a half-term craft challenge set by South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP), pupils were invited to take a break from their screens and make a mini version of someone special in the form of a ‘tube person’.

From NHS staff, school crossing patrols and teachers to police officers, police dogs and delivery drivers, the Safer Roads team was delighted by the key worker tributes and craft skills on show from more than 20 schools.

Joanne Wehrle, SYSRP manager, said: “The entries to our craft competition were absolutely fantastic.

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A school crossing patrol warden - with pink hair!

“Well done and a massive thank you to everyone who took part and sent us a photo of their creation. We were really touched by the variety of entries and occupations.

“Young people have clearly taken a lot of time to make their ‘tube people’ and to recognise our amazing key workers.

“There are definitely lots of very talented children out there.”

NHS workers feature in this model with a message of love

The challenge was set in partnership with Rotherham Council’s road safety team and the five winners were chosen by Coun Emma Hoddinott. They will receive a bag of goodies including road safety resources. Everyone who took part will also get a pencil and badge through their schools.

“Throughout the pandemic we’ve tried to come up with as many new ways as possible to engage with children and families on the subject of road safety,” added Joanne.

“As we’ve not been able to attend schools, we’ve developed our website to offer online lessons, quizzes, crafts and recipes because it’s so important to keep our families safe.

“Hopefully after Easter, we will be able to get back into assemblies and classrooms to resume our work with schools.

A supermarket delivery worker, complete with lorry

“In the meantime, please check out our website and help get your children ready for the return of the school run next week.”

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