Students from Derwen College @ Craven Arms have created a poignant poppy display outside their college building to remember those who fought and died during World War I.
Working together with learning support assistant (LSA) Claire Crippin, learners from Craven Arms created a montage to mark 100 years since the end of WW1, and remember all those who have died in wars since then.
The display – which was supported by local hardware firm Cyril Bason Ltd and Craven Arms town councillors – was made as part of the students’ enrichment activities. It can be seen on the front of the Derwen College @ Craven Arms building, situated on the A49 in Craven Arms, and has been remarked upon by many appreciative onlookers.
Derwen College @ Craven Arms LSA Claire Crippin explained how students had made a commitment to the project as part of their enrichment activities.
“Students and tutors have worked tirelessly collecting materials, mostly recycled, towards the overall display. Following a visit to Cyril Bason Ltd of Craven Arms to source other materials, the students were introduced to Sharon Demos and David Evans, both directors of Cyril Bason and also Craven Arms town councillors, who then kindly donated products and poppies towards the display. Cyril Bason has also committed to donating to future projects of Derwen@Craven Arms,” she said.
The local community are already showing their appreciation by stopping to take photographs and pass on thanks to the students. One local resident remarked: “What a delight to see – how proud the students should feel for their hard work.”
Derwen College works with young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, providing inspirational learning, development and care to enable the achievement of aspirations which transform lives. The college has a satellite site for South Shropshire day students at Craven Arms. Students at Craven Arms focus on Vocational Studies, Functional Skills and Employment Skills including work experience, and independence living skills.
Derwen College has a main site near Oswestry and satellite sites at Craven Arms, Baschurch and at Higher Penley near Wrexham. The college has received three consecutive ‘outstanding’ Ofsted gradings.
For more information regarding Derwen College go to www.derwen.ac.uk or telephone 01691 661234.