Children at an East Sussex infant school have written an open letter to parents in a bid to solve the problem of poor parking during the school run.
Six and seven-year-olds at Hangleton Community infant school came up with unique way of calming ire during the morning and afternoon rush outside their school gates, addressing their letter to parents, teachers and local residents.
In the handwritten letter the year 2 pupils say they “don’t like people being unhappy” and they want adults to “smile” when they’re driving to and from school, reports The Argus.
Addressed from Alice, Joel, Lilith, Joseph N, Ivy, Lilia, Phillip, Mia, Oliver, Keira, Oscar and Liam, the letter continues: “We found that lots of people get cross about where people park their cars when it's time to bring children to collect them (sic).
“We don't like people being unhappy so we want to make all our friends and neighbours smile by helping people to make good choices when driving to and from school.”
"If you can leave your house/work with plenty of time to find a proper parking space, please try to park in the road so that pavements are safe to walk on and grass verges stay looking tidy." – Hangleton year 2 pupils
More than 400 copies of the letter have been delivered to local addresses, to try and raise awareness of the issues that poor parking raises.
“These are some of the ways you could help us: If you live close to school maybe you could walk. It's really good for you,” the letter suggests.
“If you need to come by car then please don't park across driveways. People need to be able to leave their houses and they can't get out.
“If you can leave your house/work with plenty of time to find a proper parking space, please try to park in the road so that pavements are safe to walk on and grass verges stay looking tidy.
“Thank you for reading our letter we wish you happy school runs.”
As with many schools up and down the country, Hangleton has suffered from raised tempers and animosity between residents and parents who park across driveways, on grass verges, or simply block the road entirely.
Speaking to The Argus, Oliver, six, said: “We hope the message gets out to lots of people so they stop parking in people's driveways. I think it is a good idea and something other schools should try.”
The letter has already had a positive reaction from locals, who have praised both the pupils’ initiative and handwriting.
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