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Upper Norwood schoolboy wins road safety-themed poetry contest

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A PUPIL has won a poetry competition set up by the aunt of a schoolgirl killed by a car. Ethan Billet's tale of getting to school safely wowed relatives of Lillian Groves, who died after being knocked down outside her home in New Addington in June 2010. Michaela Groves, her auntie, organised the competition to promote road safety at All Saints Church of England Primary School, in Upper Norwood, where she works as business manager. Ethan's winning poem told the story of Harry Hamster and Jumping Jack Flash's journey to school. The seven-year-old wrote: "Without thinking, Harry ran into the road, forgetting to use his Green Cross Code. "Jumping Jack quickly called him back, 'You must always remember, in fact'. "Stop and wait a safe place, you hear. Best to wait for the little green man to appear. "Look around for any danger you may see, always thinking about your safety. "Listen and think for traffic before you step off the kerb. "Don't be distracted by others or noises that can be heard. "At all times, think and be wise, use your ears and your eyes." Michaela's daughter Megan, 19, chose Ethan's poem as the winner. As a reward he will receive safety equipment such as a new cycle helmet. Cassell Walters, Ethan's mum, said: "Road safety is always at the forefront of my mind." "I've taught him about the dangers and now he's the one protecting me when I cross."

Upper Norwood schoolboy wins road safety-themed poetry contest


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