Pupils' posters are just the ticket

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Local primary school pupils are turning their local station into an art gallery, thanks to the help of the ScotRail Alliance.

Machanhill Primary School in Larkhall has been given six poster boards on the station for them to display artwork created by pupils.

The school adopted the station in 2012 and, with assistance from the ScotRail Alliance, have recently installed the poster boards. Volunteers of all ages regularly visit to tend to the existing planter boxes and flower displays.

As well as artwork produced by the pupils, themed displays on school projects and pieces of writing will feature on the platforms.

The school is one of five across Scotland to have adopted their local station - currently 263 of ScotRail’s 358 stations have been adopted by community groups. These include local Rotary Clubs, heritage groups, and NHS mental health groups.

John Wilson, from ScotRail’s Community Team, said: “It’s great to see young people so enthusiastically getting involved with helping their local community.

“The pupils and staff at Machanhill have done a fantastic job in keeping Larkhall station bright, and I’m delighted that we are able to help them showcase their creativity.

“We’re sure that the children’s posters will brighten up our customers’ journeys.”

Carol Shilton, acting principal teacher at Machanhill Primary School, said: “The adoption of the station by our school is all about encouraging our pupils to be responsible citizens and make a strong contribution to our local community.

“We’ve never been short of volunteers to help maintain our planters on the station, but it’s great that that less green-fingered pupils will be able to contribute.

“The first posters have already been well-received, and we look forward to sharing more of our learners’ work over the coming school year.”

Picture: The first six of the childrens’ posters on display at Larkhall station.