Creative Heaton Park Primary School pupils transform 31 foot truck

A TRIO of creative pupils have had their supercharged artwork featured on the side of a 31 foot lorry. Heaton Park Primary School pupils Kayla Blaine, aged 11, Archie Dickson, aged 10 and Lara Goodwin, aged 12, saw off competition from hundreds of others across the region to come on top in the Transform My Truck competition. Organised by the Transport Training Academy, the competition called on youngsters to get creative with design showing different ways of transporting goods in a bid to encourage more young people into careers in logistics.

Kayla’s design, featuring an aeroplane, lorry and forklift truck, was chosen as the overall winner and has now been transferred to the side of a Transport Training Academy truck. Dawn Hawley, Kayla’s mum, who spent eight years driving trucks and still works in logistics, was especially proud of her daughter’s work. She said: “We’re all just over the moon.

When she came home and told us she’d won, I was so proud of her. There’s plenty of room in the logistics industry for women and I’m always telling her that.” Fellow pupil’s Archie and Lara’s designs have also been featured on the truck’s back doors.

And all three children have signed their masterpieces with permanent marker. The emblazoned truck was then unveiled at the Transport Training Academy’s Atherton base. Laura Hestford, Year 3 teacher at Heaton Park Primary School, said: “Seeing Kayla, Archie and Lara’s artwork on the truck made their day – it looked amazing as it turned the corner in the sunshine.

“Making the shortlist was an achievement in itself but to scoop all three places with the judges is just brilliant.” In addition to having their designs transformed the three young winners also landed Amazon vouchers for themselves and a GBP1,000 grant for their school by claiming all three top spots. David Coupe, Managing Director of Transport Training Academy, said: “We’re so pleased with our new-look truck – the designs have transferred really well from small A4 prints to a huge piece of art on wheels.

“We hope that educating young people about the wide variety of career opportunities in logistics will encourage them to look into the sector and ultimately provide a boost to the UK economy.”

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