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Slow down: Gympie South School students Michaella Stubbs, Lily Breedon, Aimee Wildman and Jasmine O’Brien came up with the ‘Hit the Skids not the Kids’ campaign.
Slow down: Gympie South School students Michaella Stubbs, Lily Breedon, Aimee Wildman and Jasmine O’Brien came up with the ‘Hit the Skids not the Kids’ campaign. Renee Pilcher

YEAR 4 students at Gympie South State School are worried about child safety when it comes to the region’s roads.

The class recently presented the initiative “Hit the Skids not the Kids” – which would see colourful signs made by kids placed outside of schools, including Gympie South – to the Gympie Regional Youth Council. The colourful signs would be placed outside schools including Gympie South.

Painted by kids for kids the signs are designed to help them feel safer and make drivers more aware of children.

Student Ilijah Smith said seeing news about kids dying in road accidents was why the students put the idea forward to the Youth Council. The idea came while the Year 4 students were learning about history and that anyone could make history, even those in their class.

“Just about anyone can make history,” Georgia Long said.

“Anyone can make a difference,” another student said.

During the unit the class split into groups and came up with practical projects that would make a difference.

Other ideas included installing park benches on Exhibition Road near the Mary River and a new motocross track so kids didn’t have to ride in their backyards.

Students then voted on their favourite ideas to take to the Youth Council, which supported the initiatives in a letter to Gympie Regional Council (GRC).

GRC Mayor Ron Dyne said the signs were now being considered by the Traffic Advisory Committee as to their suitability and the committee’s advice would go back to the Youth Council.

Cr Dyne also said council didn’t want to jump in and take the initiative of the youth council.

Gympie Times


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