Former Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Cáthal Mallaghan presented four Cookstown schools with plaques to recognise the significant cross-community and inter-school programmes delivered between the schools and Cookstown Community Relations Association of Families Together (CRAFT).
The plaques were created by the children at the four schools - Cookstown Nursery School, Cookstown Primary School, Holy Trinity Primary School and Nursery Unit and Phoenix Integrated Primary School and Nursery Unit – as part of a cross-community art project funded by Mid Ulster District Council and CRIS (Community Relations in Schools).
The Children worked with an experienced art facilitator to create beautiful ceramic plaques reflecting their cross-community work.
The plaques will be displayed in the reception area of Cookstown leisure Centre to demonstrate the commitment of parents/carers to support and help the schools in promoting the importance of community relations and cross-community work.
Speaking at the plaque presentation former Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Cáthal Mallaghan said: “I am delighted to be here tonight recognising such valuable and beneficial work between local schools and CRAFT. The creativity of the children in producing these plaques has truly amazed me and I look forward to seeing them displayed in Cookstown Leisure Centre. I think everyone could learn a thing or two from these children and I hope the work continues long into the future.”
Cara McElwee, Interim Chair of Cookstown CRAFT added, “We know how important it is for children from all sections of the community to grow up with lots of positive experiences of people from different backgrounds. The schools in Cookstown are very supportive and provide cross-community opportunities for children to meet and learn during the school day. Through our work at Cookstown CRAFT we give children a chance to continue to meet outside of school – in the evenings, at the weekend and especially during the holidays.”
Cookstown CRAFT is a volunteer-lead organisation that provides opportunities for families from Cookstown to learn and have fun together.
Anybody who would like to volunteer with Cookstown CRAFT or learn more about the work of the Association should contact partner organisation, Community Relations In Schools on 07921851601.
For more information contact Good Relations at Mid Ulster District Council on 03000 132 132.