A crowd of 320 Wairarapa School Traffic Safety Team members gathered at Masterton’s Trust House Recreation Centre pools on Wednesday for the annual road patrol pool party.
The much-anticipated gathering is supported by many local organisations, including New World Masterton, Breadcraft, Mitre 10, the Cancer Society, Hansells, Pinehaven Orchards, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, and Police, and hosted by the Wairarapa Road Safety Council [WRSC].
“This day we recognise the efforts these dedicated students make to look out for their school community,” organiser and WRSC school travel planner Holly Hullena said to the assembled patrol members.
“Road patrols and bus monitors play a huge part in the day-to-day logistics that is getting our children to school safely. We thank you, and those supervising teachers and parents, for volunteering your time.”
Hullena also encouraged members of the public to give those serving on patrols “a wave and show your support outside the school gate” and offered some safety tips.
“Please always remember to slow down outside schools and teach your children to use the pedestrian crossings outside your school and listen to the road patrollers.”