A ‘protest song’ about parking outside schools, written by a Cambridgeshire primary school pupil, has been made into an ad that is currently being broadcast on a local radio station.
Schools across Cambridgeshire were invited by the council’s road safety team and Heart Radio to write a song, rhyme, or poem about irresponsible parking outside schools.
The winning individual entry, ‘Lives on the Lines’, was composed by Hannah Wallace, a pupil at Stretham Community Primary School and is now enjoying a four-week run on Heart. Hannah’s prize was a £200 voucher and a tour of the Heart studios.
The competition judges said: “The song is simple and direct, as all message or protest songs should be. It addresses a single issue and speaks from the heart. A protest song should leave the listener with a direct, achievable piece of advice or a call to action. That’s why this song is such a deserving winner.”
‘Jagged Yellow Lines’, by Year 5 pupils at Willingham Primary School, was the winning entry submitted by a whole class. The prize for the winning school was a Minipod bike and scooter rack (pictured) worth £1,399, donated by Cyclepods.
James Singleterry, class teacher, said: “The children immediately thought about why people park outside school and the reasons why it’s not a good idea. They then came up with a catchy tune, which is hard for listeners to forget. We hope it will get the message home to the people who park outside the school gates.”
Rosemary Mullen, Cambridgeshire County Council’s safer routes to school officer, said: “Once again, children have shown that they care about the important issues that affect them and are prepared to do something about it. In this case, working to produce songs that can capture an audience and deal effectively with important issues, the competition entries did just this.”
For more information contact Rosemary Mullen on 01223 699958.