Art pupils of Craigavon Senior High School have been spreading some Christmas cheer and putting their artistic skills to good use at Tesco in the Meadows.
A group of year 11 GCSE students got busy with poster paint and brushes last week to decorate the windows of the supermarket with festive snowmen and penguins.
The drawings were sketched on paper first by art teacher Jeffrey Reid, who used to be a children’s book illustrator. They were then drawn onto the windows, with the pupils each given a section to paint and add their own flourishes if they wished.
Meanwhile, the Meadows, under the direction of its new community champion, is organising a Christmas Stocking Filler event for next Friday, December 4 from 7-9pm.
Fifteen local charities, from Cancer Research and Save the Children to Portadown Cares and Oasis, will set up stalls in the centre, where they will not only be selling their wares but also informing the public about what they do.
St Vincent de Paul will be selling mulled wine and Arthur Cassidy of the Yellow Ribbon suicide prevention charity will be providing a free gift wrapping service for goods bought at any of the neighbouring stalls.
And a number of bands and schools will be singing at the centre over the coming weeks, with Presentation PS and Hart Memorial PS taking part in a joint singing service on Monday, December 14.
Said Colin, “We are trying to support schools add charities in whatever way we can. We recently changed our displays for Christmas and have donated the suncream to schools in the area.”