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Children back first world war memorial

Schools and Beaver Scouts in the area are beginning to get behind the appeal for funds for a First World War centenary memorial.

First to declare support were Boston Hawthorn Tree Corner Primary School and Wrangle Primary School.

Children at Hawthorn Tree are growing poppies and are planning to learn some popular songs of the period for a sponsored First World War singalong. The school is also working with parents to find out more about the war and collate local experiences and family memories.

Wrangle Primary School pupils, who are also planning a sponsored event, are learning about the First World War from Wrangle branch of the Royal British Legion.

Children at Boston St Nicholas Church of England Primary School are planning a wear poppy red non-uniform day.

Wyberton Primary School is planning an event for its story-telling garden and Boston West Academy has pledged a donation.

Children in Upper Key Stage 2 at Boston West Academy have engaged in various activities linked to their recent First World War theme. During an outdoor learning day, pupils used their bushcraft skills to make stretchers, participated in drill exercises and cooked trench soup over a campfire, whilst using a Kelly kettle to make hot chocolate. In addition, the children worked in groups to design a memorial for the school grounds. A bench design was chosen and will be made by a local artist.

Boston High School has also pledged support and has a full programme of activities planned related to the First World War. Key Stage 3 pupils' studies relate to the war and 50 Year 9 girls are to go a battlefields trip. The curriculum will also include literature and poetry from the First World War.

The school plans to follow the four-year progress of the war over the next four years and will be posting anniversary events from the conflict on its website from the end of July - www.bostonhighschool.co.uk

Swineshead Beaver Scouts and Fishtoft Beaver Scouts are also planning memorial fundraising events.

If your school wants to help fund a borough memorial for Boston's Memorial Gardens to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War please contact Andrew Malkin at Boston Borough Council - phone 01205 314308 or email andrew.malkin@boston.gov.uk

Andrew, communications manager at the borough council, said: "It is wonderful news that the first schools have come forward to support the event. The events of 100 years ago impacted across the generations so it is encouraging to hear that today's younger generations are learning about the sacrifices made.

"It is hoped that more schools will follow suit to support the appeal and help make the funding of the memorial a community effort."

VIP representatives from all schools which donate will be invited to the official memorial unveiling and dedication.

Donations for the appeal have recently come in from Staples Chilled Fresh Vegetables of Wrangle, and Mr Peter Udy, of Frampton.

Boston Borough Council, Boston and District Branch of the Royal British Legion, Boston Branch of the Royal Air Force Association, Canal Zoners and the Boston Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee are appealing to all to make a contribution, no matter how small, to help commemorate the event in Boston.

You can make a donation to the appeal using the council's online payment facility using a debit or credit card; in person at the Municipal Buildings using a debit or credit card, cheque or cash; or by post using a cheque.

Cheques should be made payable to Boston Borough Council and "Boston First World War Memorial Appeal" should be written on the reverse to indicate what the payment is for. All donations will be recorded on a public roll of honour.