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Upminster Junior and Infant schools decorate gates with poppies made from recycled bottles

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 November 2018

Children from Upminster Infant and Junior school together with Head of School Helen Lendon and teacher Amy McKay.

Children from Upminster Infant and Junior school together with Head of School Helen Lendon and teacher Amy McKay.

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Children from Upminster Infant and Junior schools have decorated their school gates with hundreds of poppies made from recycled plastic bottles.

Children from Upminster Infant and Junior school together with Head of School Helen Lendon and teacher Amy McKay.Children from Upminster Infant and Junior school together with Head of School Helen Lendon and teacher Amy McKay.

The schools wanted to honour those who sacrificed their lives during the First World War, and to commemorate 100 years since the end of the Great War.

Over the last two weeks, the children, staff, friends, families, as well as the friends of the British Legion have worked together to create hundreds of poppies that are now on the school gates.

Amy Mackay, a teaching assistant in the Infant School, has been a leading force behind this campaign.

As well as making poppies in the Infant and Junior Schools, the poppies have been made at home, as well as an evening spent at the Upminster British Legion which involved staff, pupils, parents and the wider community.

Children from Upminster Infant and Junior school together with Head of School Helen Lendon and teacher Amy McKay.Children from Upminster Infant and Junior school together with Head of School Helen Lendon and teacher Amy McKay.

Helen Lendon, head of school at Upminster Infant School, said “Both schools are very much the heart of the community of Upminster and have been since the schools opened in 1928. We therefore wanted to give something back to our community.

“The whole project has created a real sense of goodwill and has brought the schools and the community together, not only to provide a visual tribute but to show respect for those who have given so much and to remember what they fought for.”

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