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Primary and secondary children from five Kidsgrove schools have pooled their talents to deliver a great community project to improve the frontage of Kidsgrove rail station.
The schoolchildren, from Clough Hall Technology School, Dove Bank, Springhead and St Saviour’s Primary Schools and St Thomas’ Primary, have worked on two very different but very creative projects, which will provide a colourful welcome for the 80,000 passengers who use Kidsgrove station each year.
The project has been lead by children from Clough Hall Technology School, who were inspired by a ‘Unity and Harmony’ focus in their spring curriculum to work with others to benefit their local community.
They cleaned up their paintbrushes in a mission to create over 50 small canvases of trains, destinations and the local area to decorate the front of Kidsgrove station. But not only did they put their own artistic skills to the test, they also invited children from Dove Bank, Springhead and St Saviour’s Primary schools to get involved. The older children mentored the younger to come up with a creative and wildly colourful display to brighten the station.
Children from Kidsgrove’s St Thomas’ Primary School are providing added value to the project and also helping to boost the environment by taking on the task of planting and maintaining miniature gardens in front of the art display. Once complete, the colourful gardens will sit neatly in large trough containers made of reclaimed timber, which were sourced for the project by East Midlands Trains, train operator for Kidsgrove station.
Clough Hall and St Thomas’ schools were invited to help improve their local station by North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership. The Partnership works to promote and develop the North Staffordshire Line (Crewe-Stoke-Derby route), which includes Kidsgrove station.
Partnership Officer Faye Lambert said: “Community rail partnerships have a long history of working with young people to enhance station environments. Not only has this project really delivered and improved the station, it has also given hundreds of Kidsgrove schoolchildren the chance to work together and create something beneficial for their community. Congratulations to all of them for their enthusiasm and hard work.”
Damon Ede, from East Midlands Trains, added: “This is a great example of how the local community can pull together to make some fantastic improvements. We’re really excited about the changes at Kidsgrove station and are grateful to all the children involved for their energy and creativity in delivering this project.”