Charlotte's cartoon claims cool prize

PUBLISHED: 15:29 18 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:37 15 June 2010

P2911-46-08AW Charlotte Linn from Seaton Primary School, won a book token for her art work in a competition arranged by the council. pic by Alex Walton

P2911-46-08AW Charlotte Linn from Seaton Primary School, won a book token for her art work in a competition arranged by the council. pic by Alex Walton

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A GIRL from Seaton Primary School has been chosen as runner-up in a cartoon competition run by Devon County Council.

A GIRL from Seaton Primary School has been chosen as runner-up in a cartoon competition run by Devon County Council.Charlotte Linn, seven, was among 900 pupils from 42 schools to take part in the Buses are Cool cartoon competition launched in September to support Devon Car Free Day. DCC's Travelwise campaign organised the competition, which featured the Hare and Tortoise cartoon, depicting a happy tortoise standing at a bus stop while the hare fumes in a traffic jam.Winner of the five to seven category is Ella Farley, seven, from Bishopsteignton Primary School, while Isaac Price, seven, of Bratton Fleming Primary school, was runner-up with Charlotte.One runner up in the eight to 11 category was Charlotte Reid, eight, from Branscombe Primary, while Andrew Reid from Sidmouth College with Travel on a bus and be a winner not a loser, was a runner up in the secondary school cartoon caption competition. Each runner-up will receive a £10 book voucher.Many pupils thought public transport should be free for school children. Others suggested displaying children's work on buses and trains, having fold down tables with drinks holders to play games, or have a third deck just for children.Other ideas included playing music, being on time, having group discounts for friends and even free cheese! Councillor Margaret Rogers, DCC's executive member for environment, said: "An impressive number of children took part in this competition and schools have used it in their work on the environment and reducing their carbon footprint. "They have come up with some original suggestions on what they would like to see on buses. "Hopefully, this whole exercise will encourage more pupils to use sustainable travel and reduce congestion outside their school gates.


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