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Havering Adult College students create poppies to be displayed in libraries across the borough

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 November 2018

Student Scott Mill making a poppy out of tissue paper.

Student Scott Mill making a poppy out of tissue paper.

Havering Adult College

Learners at Havering Adult College’s Bower Park centre have been taking part in the Poppy Project which aims to display 1,000 of the red flowers in the borough’s libraries to mark Armistice Day.

The finished articles on display in Upminster Library.The finished articles on display in Upminster Library.

The Poppy Project is a Havering Libraries initiative and will be taking place throughout November.

Lesley Stoller holding up her artwork.Lesley Stoller holding up her artwork.

The poppies were lovingly hand-crafted by Education 4 Independence (E4I) learners in a range of art techniques, including paint and collage and are currently on display at Upminster Library.

Lesley Stoller (left) and Scott Mill (right) planting poppy seeds as part of Remembrance Day.Lesley Stoller (left) and Scott Mill (right) planting poppy seeds as part of Remembrance Day.

Students are already making preparations for next year, planting some actual poppy seeds which put their teamwork skills to the test.

From left to right: Student Lesley Stoller, Shannon (support worker from The Ridgeway), and Scott Mill planting poppy seeds.From left to right: Student Lesley Stoller, Shannon (support worker from The Ridgeway), and Scott Mill planting poppy seeds.

Education 4 Independence (E4I) helps learners with learning difficulties and disabilities gain independence and improve their life skills 50 weeks of the year.

From left to right: Scott Mill (learner) Philomena Fraser (E4I LSA) Shannon (support worker from The Ridgeway) Lesley Stoller (learner). Poppies have featured in many lessons in recent weeks at E4I.From left to right: Scott Mill (learner) Philomena Fraser (E4I LSA) Shannon (support worker from The Ridgeway) Lesley Stoller (learner). Poppies have featured in many lessons in recent weeks at E4I.

All courses focus on developing the skills and understanding required to become more independent, with learners working towards nationally recognised accreditations.

E41 teacher Sarah Keen said: “I saw a poster for the project on a recent visit to the library and thought it would be a nice thing for us to be a part of.

“Everyone had a great time: we learnt to collage, use different methods for painting and even how to trace.”

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