Plea for help with road safety project

Cromer Junior School pupils record their road safety song.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Cromer Junior School pupils record their road safety song.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

A community music worker is appealing for support to get the road safety message into schools.

Stephanie Guntrip, a trained community music worker from Cromer, is asking for people to come forward who may be able to help her get her road safety project, which includes a road safety song, entitled Stop! Stop! Stop! and workshops, into schools across the county.

The song and accompanying workshops teach youngsters the fundamental rules of crossing a road, from looking left and right to listening for cars and walking across when it is safe.

It comes complete with a set of clapping and stamping actions designed to make sure the message is drummed home.

Ms Guntrip, who has lived in Norfolk for 20 years, said the hope was to have people to come forward to endorse the song or offer any support in getting it into more schools.


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She said: 'It has been difficult to get into schools, if we could have some support, even if it is not financial, but an endorsement. I would love to have parents and schools contact me who are interested in knowing more about or supporting the project,'

The song was recorded by Cromer Junior School's choir in 2012 and since then workshops have been added to accompany the song when it is performed in schools.

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There are different versions of the song, for different age groups of children, from five - seven-year-olds and eight to 11-year-olds. The song can also be performed using signalong for hard-of-hearing or deaf children.

In the workshops children take part in a number of activities including making walk, stop, listen and walking puppets to use when signing the song. The children also use a mock road set up where they can practice road safety rules.

Every child who takes part gets a certificate.

Ms Guntrip said she was inspired to write the song after chatting with a teacher friend who was lamenting the lack of road safety songs available to use with school children.

The song and workshops have been given praise from north Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and also local schools where it has been taken to and Cromer Scouts group.

Contact Ms Guntrip by email at stephanietrip@btinternet.com for more details.

To see the song being recorded at Cromer Junior School visit www.northnorfolknews.co.uk

Do you know of an exciting community project? If so email tracey.gray@archant.co.uk

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