New high-visibility vests let Portlethen pupils be seen

Youngsters at Fishermoss and Portlethen Primary Schools are that little bit safer this winter thanks to the donation of 800 high visibility vests.

They have been gifted by PHS Compliance whose regional general manager for Scotland, Euan Hall, while driving through Portlethen, noticed that the local children were not easily seen in the diminishing winter light.

Taking the initiative, he approached both local primary schools and offered to donate a high visibility vest for each pupil.

As well as the fluorescent colour, the vests also have “retro-reflective” stripes. This way, the children become much more visible in the dark for observers near a light source, such as the driver of a car with its headlights on.

Euan said: “It was fantastic to supply vests to all the children, especially as it’s vital to learn how important it is to be safe and visible on the roads from a young age.

‘‘The vests will ensure that the children will be seen more easily by motorists.”

Alison Cook , headteacher at Portlethen Primary, added: “We believe walking to and from school is important and we encourage as many of our pupils to do so in a safe and sensible fashion.

‘‘We are also keen to protect our pupils by making them conspicuous while taking part in activities outside the school grounds.

‘‘It’s all part of our agenda for safeguarding our children. They like the jackets. They feel very proud and grown up in them.

‘‘It is great to see a company such as PHS Compliance support such a valuable initiative and we really appreciate their donation.”