Police join pupils to push active travel

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Police officers from Ripley helped out infant school pupils in their bid for a top spot in a national competition.

The Modeshift STARS Art of Stars competition invites schools to enter artwork that captures the benefits of active travel to and from school.

PC Neil Hopwell’s silhouette is featured in Lons Infant School’s Evolution of the Cyclist entry, and PC Ruth Platts is pictured in an Andy Warhol inspired photo, which is a recreation of an archived photograph of a Metropolitan police officer directing three youngsters on a bicycle.

The work also compliments the ongoing partnership with local schools, police and council to engage pupils and parents and promote the idea of making active and safe journeys to school, including the medium of art.

For Lons infant school this has also specifically has also contributed to their topic on ‘people who help us’ and the work of different artists.

PC Hopwell said: “The youngsters at Lons Infant School have produced some excellent artwork and we were delighted to have been able to take part.

“I wish them lots of luck in the Art of STARS competition, and look forward to continuing to work with the school to encourage active and sustainable journeys to and from school.”

For more information about the Modeshift STARS scheme visit www.modeshiftstars.org.