Students transform garrison primary shool

Quick brush up, Darlington College students varnish school signs, front to back, Helena Dubocquet, 22, Emma Hastie, 17, and Beth Relton, 17
Quick brush up, Darlington College students varnish school signs, front to back, Helena Dubocquet, 22, Emma Hastie, 17, and Beth Relton, 17
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GREEN fingered students have transformed a primary school in an initiative designed to help the community.

Health and social care and childcare students at Darlington College descended on Carnagill Community Primary School, Catterick Garrison, armed with tools, paintbrushes and shrubs.

They spent a week transforming gardens, play areas and a quiet quad as part of the Council for Voluntary Service’s Make a Difference Project.

About 200 college students worked at venues across Darlington, County Durham and North Yorkshire in schools and homes for the elderly.

Twenty four tackled improvement works at Carnagill School under the watchful eye of three to 11-year-olds.

Primary school head teacher Sandie Fitton said: “We have close links with the college because one of the tutors trained here. They were looking for a community project and we had plenty they could do.”

She said the students had transformed the garden, the vegetable patch, cleared the pond and the quiet quad, painted the shed, finished a plastic bottle greenhouse and varnished seats.

“They have done a great job and it further strengths links with the college where many of our students will eventually study,” she added.

DIY store Wickes donated gloves, a wheelbarrow, garden forks, spades, a hoe, compost, bark and weed killer.