Maya’s artwork is picture perfect

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A Wallsend pupil has proved she’s picture perfect after scooping first prize in a police competition.

Schoolchildren from across the Northumbria Police area were asked to add their own designs to a shoe template, following the theme of the forcewide anti-social behaviour campaign ‘Put yourself in their shoes’.

And 12-year-old Churchill Community College pupil Maya Simpson’s artwork was picked from hundreds of entries as the winner of the competition.

Maya was presented with a scooter from Skate Shack, in the Metrocentre, who supported the campaign.

Wallsend Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Benson said: “We’d like to offer our congratulations to Maya for her winning design.

“We know the quality of the entries was a very high standard so she’s done exceptionally well to win. We hope she enjoys her prize.

“It’s great we had so many children who wanted to get involved in the competition across the Northumbria Police area and we thank all who have taken part.
“We also hope they took on board some of the key messages around ASB.

“Schools and their pupils form an integral part of our community and being able to engage with them in this way further strengthens our links with staff and local schoolchildren.”

Maya’s art teacher, Victoria Edwards, added: “Maya worked hard on this task in the lesson and was very keen to be part of the competition.

“After discussion in class about anti-social behaviour, she identified a clear message that she could interpret in a visual way.

“I’m really proud that she has deservedly won – well done Maya.”

David Baldwin, Churchill Community College headteacher, added: “This is a fantastic achievement for Maya and we are extremely proud of her.

“Her work demonstrates the real commitment students have to creating a safe community.”

Paula Elliot, Skate Shack director, said: “It was a privilege for Skate Shack to be involved in such a worthwhile project.

“May we offer huge congratulations to Maya – we hope her prize brings her lots of enjoyment.”