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Three year old reinforces road safety importance

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Published: 12/02/2014

Charlie Rogers has two older brothers and a sister at St John’s Mead CE Primary School in Chipping Sodbury. Each day he joins them and his mum Sarah on the walk to school and he always makes sure that they use the patrol outside the school to cross Hounds Road.

He gets his inspiration from Graham Brown (pictured) who is the school crossing patrol staff member. He won’t cross or allow any member of his family to cross until Graham tells them it is safe to do so.

Charlie is so taken with Graham’s role that he has even had help from his parents to make his own uniform and ‘lollipop’ stick to match and has also started referring to himself as ‘little Graham’.

Mum Sarah Rogers said: “We’re very proud of Charlie. I think the reason he is so interested [in road safety] is all down to Graham. He’s there rain or shine for all the children and always has a smile on his face and we’re really proud that Charlie looks up to him.”

Wendy Feltham, Road Safety Officer at South Gloucestershire Council, added: “It’s wonderful to see that Charlie has taken on board this important message at such a young age. He is setting a good example to everyone else. When he starts school, I am sure he will enjoy and benefit from further road safety interventions, such as mini scooter training, cycle training and interactive road safety workshops which are provided by South Gloucestershire Council.”

If you have been inspired by Charlie’s story and you would like to become a school crossing patrol team member, we currently have vacancies in Almondsbury, Barrs Court, Downend, Winterbourne, Hawksbury, Iron Acton, Thornbury and Frampton Cotterell.

Call 01454 863611 for an application form or for an informal discussion.


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