The Airdrie RCMP has partnered with Sobey’s, Airdrie Co-op and a number of area schools to help promote safe driving this holiday season.
“We had initially a contact from the RCMP – our school resource officer – and he inquired as to the interest we would have in partnering with them to highlight the importance of safety in our community over the Christmas holidays,” said Barb Holden, principal at A.E. Bowers Elementary School.
Schools were given brown paper bags for the students to decorate, which have been given out at Sobey’s Liquor Stores and the Airdrie Co-op Liquor Store during the month of December to remind people of the importance of drinking responsibly over the holidays.
Holden said all classes at her school participated, modifying the activity to suit the age of the students in the class.
“For most of the children in our school, because it’s elementary, they drew pictures of highlights of Christmas; things that were important to them over the season,” she said. “That was a reminder to people receiving the bags that we live in a very family-focused and family-centred school community and our children are important.”
Approximately 3,500 decorated bags were returned to the liquor stores to be used by customers. Holden said A.E. Bowers students were able to complete 500 bags.
“Most classes, Grade 1 and up, would have had an opportunity to (decorate the bags),” she said. “Because of the ages of the children, we didn’t focus on the don’t drink and drive as much as we did on the sharing of the Christmas wishes.”
Other schools participating in the campaign included Good Shepherd School, Our Lady Queen of Peace Elementary School, Nose Creek Elementary School, Windsong Heights School, Cooper’s Crossing School, Heloise Lorimer School and Heron’s Crossing School.