Sep 19 2008 by Clair Fullarton, Kilmarnock Standard
THREE creative youngsters are speaking out against vandalism in a big way – using the back of local buses as their canvas.
Michael Dalton, Emily Barrie and Simone Dumigan have had their anti-vandalism posters selected from over 1400 entries to be emblazoned on the back of local Stagecoach buses. The talented trio’s names even adorn the buses, making their posters a truly unique piece of art.
Primary five pupils from all over East Ayrshire took part in the initiative, which taught them about the negative aspects of vandalism and what they can do about it.
PC Fiona Davidson was the organiser of the event, and she is delighted with the outcome.
She said: “Every school in East Ayrshire got involved and of course its a valuable exercise for all the children, not just the winners.
“It really gets them thinking not just about why it is wrong to vandalise, but also what they can do to stop it. The three winners put in a lot of effort, and they were over the moon to see their designs on the back of a bus!”
This competition ran as part of an ongoing campaign by Strathclyde Police called ‘Vamoose to Vandalism’, the slogan for which can also be seen on the back of the buses. Tram Direct Theatre Company was also involved, presenting a production based around the problems of vandalism in the community.
Many P5 children were also involved in these productions, which reinforced the anti-vandalism message in an enjoyable way.
“We are really grateful to Stagecoach for supporting us not only with funding but also with such an effective means of advertising our anti-vandalism campaign,” added Fiona.
“Both Stagecoach and East Ayrshire Council Safety Department have been most generous and co-operative throughout this project, and we strongly hope to run a similar competition next year.”