School's next batch of traffic wardens are ready and set for road

Listowel Garda Frank Stafford pictured with primary school students in Listowel as they take over traffic duties as part of the Junior School Warden Programme. Photos by Domnick Walsh
Listowel Garda Frank Stafford pictured with primary school students in Listowel as they take over traffic duties as part of the Junior School Warden Programme. Photos by Domnick Walsh

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Senior pupils from Scoil Réalta na Maidine in Listowel were kept very busy on Monday morning as local Garda Frank Stafford helped to train the next batch of the school's student traffic wardens.

Monday was the annual training day for the school's Junior Warden Programme which sees 30 pupils each year volunteering as traffic wardens outside the school each morning and evening.

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Monday saw the school's current fourth and fifth class pupils learning the ropes for the very important role - a role which teacher Catherine McEllistrim said is all about emphasising road safety to kids.

The pupils who received their training on Monday will now graduate to the full time role come September, when they are in fifth class.

"We have a different team of six each day and they all have different roles on the day," said teacher Catherine McEllistrim. 

"The boys love the responsibility. They love being in a position of authority. They can literally stop a car, a truck and even a Garda car with their hands," she added, speaking to The Kerryman on Tuesday.

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