School traffic safety team members hailed as heroes

School traffic patrol team members are all smiles as they parade along George St dressed in...
School traffic patrol team members are all smiles as they parade along George St dressed in orange high-visibility gear. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
A noisy, enthusiastic orange tide swept along George St and into the Octagon yesterday, as 900 children were hailed as traffic safety heroes.

The annual parade for school traffic safety team members involved children from 33 schools throughout Dunedin and the Clutha district.

After marching behind a pipe band from the Dental School, the children were addressed by Dunedin City councillor Jules Radich.

Encouraging them to give themselves hearty cheers, Mr Radich told the children they should be very proud of their efforts to protect their classmates.

"You are reliable and turn up at the school gate, no matter what the weather.

"You deserve to be very proud of yourselves - I am proud to be here with you."

Following the parade, the children boarded buses for Moana Pool, where they were treated to a swim and a barbecue lunch.

The parade is organised by police and Dunedin City Council to thank the children and adult helpers for volunteering to help children cross roads safely near schools.

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