PUPILS at Wargrave Primary School in Earlestown have given a new look to their Dawn Patrol scheme – by designing a new logo.
The pioneering programme – backed by the Red Cross – involves children keeping an eye on their elderly neighbours.
As they make their way to school in the morning, the youngsters use a numbered window display system to check that elderly residents living alone do not require any assistance.
Bob Murdoch from the local branch of the Red Cross explained: “Elderly people taking part in the scheme put a different number in their window every day from Monday to Friday – ‘one’ for Monday through to ‘five’ for Friday.
“If the pupils notice that the wrong number is being displayed on a particular day they report it when they get to school, who in turn call us to investigate.”
Wargrave is one of five schools in the borough taking part in Dawn Patrol. Together, nearly 70 children from Wargrave, Holy Spirit, Legh Vale, St James’s and English Martyrs, keep any eye on 117 addresses in the St Helens area.
Learning mentor Jackie Roblin said: “Dawn Patrol is a great idea. It involves our pupils in a worthwhile community project, gives them a real sense of responsibility and provides a safety net for older residents.
“Our children are really enthusiastic about it. We’ve involved everyone here by designing a new logo for our local scheme.”
LEFT: Wargrave pupil Olivia Marshall with her winning design for the Wargrave Dawn Patrol scheme. Also pictured are Bob Murdoch, Red Cross service coordinator and Head Teacher Sue Thomas; ABOVE: Wargrave pupils Rhys and Rhyanna Moorhouse check their records.