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Accrington Academy students design knife crime campaign as part of county competition.

Students from Accrington Academy have been using social media to raise awareness about the dangers of knife crime as part of a county wide initiative.

Called ‘Knives Take Lives,’ the scheme has been led by R.E.A.D Enterprise (Reaching Empowerment and Diversity) and Lancashire Police, with both organisations working closely with local schools and community groups across the county in an awareness raising competition designed to help stamp out knife crime.

Representing the Hyndburn area in the competition were Accrington Academy, whose students designed a Twitter based campaign called ‘Trading Bladez for Education,’ helping to get the message across using the dedicated feed, @tradingbladz, with the campaign now being delivered across the school.

The academy first started work on the project in October following a visit from Lancashire Police and R.E.A.D, with the school’s team members including Year 9s Coby, Ellie, Phoebe, Rhiannon, Thomas, Tyler, Matthew, Cameron, Matthew and Marcus and Year 11s Jake and Matthew.

On Saturday 2nd March, the Accrington Academy team joined pupils from other local schools to attend a special winners presentation, held at Preston’s Banqueting Hall.

Commented Accrington Academy’s Headteacher James Kerfoot:

“Knife Crime is an incredibly serious issue that is featuring heavy in the media at present, which affects us all and we have welcomed the opportunity to work alongside Lancashire Police and R.E.A.D. to help raise awareness of this issue both within school and throughout the wider community. It also ties in directly with our commitment to provide our students an education with character.”


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