Optician helps P1 pupils to be seen

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PRIMARY one pupils at Rosemount School have been given a helping hand to stay safe when near roads during the dark winter months.

As part of Road Safety Week (which ran from November 21 to 27), staff from Specsavers opticians visited to the school to donate 30 high visibility reflective vests for children to use when walking to their lessons throughout the winter.

After handing over the hi-viz vests Wendy Burnett and Nicolle Greig from Specsavers also put the children through their paces with a quiz on road safety before asking them to design a special road safety advice poster.

The children had one week to complete their version of the poster before they went on display at Specsavers Montrose where customers have the chance to vote for their favourite.

The most popular design will then be professionally printed. The winning artist will receive two tickets to the festive ‘Santa Special’ train service donated by Ena Wilkie of the Caledonian Railway.

Wendy Burnett, store manager in Montrose, said: “After the clocks go back it is really important that children are aware of how to stay as safe as possible during the darker winter mornings and nights.

“We are delighted to be able to give them these high visibility vests for the whole class to use and offer them a little bit of extra advice on how to be seen and what to look out for on their way to and from school.”

• Specsavers has campaigned throughout the last decade for legislation to be introduced to make sight tests compulsory in the driving test. Working with Brake and police across the UK, Specsavers has toured motor and county shows nationwide with its Drive Safe trailer, screening drivers’ vision.