Having learned how to write formal letters and draft petitions, the “Boyne” first-year English class sent a “real” petition to their six Local Area Councillors in order to bring to their attention the complete absence of covered bus-shelters at any of their town’s bus stops.
Each student signed a petition and wrote letters to the Councillors identifying various reasons why they felt their community needed covered bus-shelters. Their reasons were wide-ranging including: “people carrying heavy luggage or shopping; elderly and young people waiting for long periods in bad weather; the danger of standing at the side of the road” etc. Research informed the students that over forty buses leave our town for the country’s capital weekly, and the people waiting for these buses have to stand and brave all weathers.
The Councillors were so impressed by the students’ excellent presentation and their civic spirit that they invited the entire class to their next monthly meeting which was held in the Town Hall on Wednesday, 10th December 2014. The class was informed that they were the first class, and indeed the first group of people, to attend a public meeting in the old Court Room in the Town Hall.
Two of the class members spoke at the meeting and each of the Councillors present, including the Chairperson and the Area Manager, addressed the students directly, complimenting them on their efforts and promising to do their very best to achieve the students’ desired wish. The class was informed that their petition was copied and sent to the National Transport Agency with a view to realising their wish, hopefully sometime in 2015.
Very well done “Boyne”, and here’s hoping that you will be cutting the ribbon to new bus-shelters before too long.