Youngsters brighten up work place

Easington MP Grahame Morris (4th left) being shown the new wall art Glendene School, Crawlaw Road, Easington, by head teacher Eric Baker (5th left) and some of the artists
Easington MP Grahame Morris (4th left) being shown the new wall art Glendene School, Crawlaw Road, Easington, by head teacher Eric Baker (5th left) and some of the artists
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A SPLASH of colour is giving a construction site a new lease of life.

Pupils at Glendene School and Community Arts College in Easington have worked with their art teachers to create scenes depicting Easington’s mining heritage.

Now their work has been used to brighten up cabins and hoardings which are on the school site as part of renovation work being carried out.

Easington MP Grahame Morris, who went along to see the children’s work, said: “This is a perfect example of businesses engaging with the local community and working in partnership with them to make a positive and lasting difference.

“It’s also great to see the creativity on show here by the special and talented children at Glendene. The fact they have chosen to celebrate the region’s mining heritage shows just how strong the community spirit is here in Easington.”

Carillion, lead contractor on the Building Schools for Future work being carried out at the special needs school, teamed up with its supplier, PPG, to provide the children with free paint.

Hire firm Speedy Elliot was also more than happy with the free makeover for their cabins.

Peter Blacklock, Carillion’s site manager, said: “When the site cabins and hoardings arrived the school, children thought they looked dull, so we came up with the idea of asking if they could liven them up with some artwork.

“The children have done a really great job to give this construction site a fresh and exciting new look – not just for them but for our guys on site as well.”

Eric Baker, Glendene headteacher, said: “This is an excellent example of how communities can work together.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we are grateful to our building partners for funding this initiative.”

As well as being a school for youngsters aged two to 19, with a range of special educational needs, Glendene is also a visual arts college, working to bring arts projects into the wider community.

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