Pupils at a north-east school are urging the community to get involved in a fundraising art project.
Youngsters at Hillside Primary in Portlethen are taking part in Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail to raise money for charities including the ARCHIE Foundation, which aims to improve children’s healthcare across the north-east.
Schools across the area are decorating miniature versions of the full-size sculptures which will be placed around the area.
Five Hillside pupils have been appointed guardians of the sculpture – and they have been tasked with getting as many community groups involved in decorating and naming it as possible.
P7 class teacher Fiona Lindsay said: “The community at Hillside is very important to us and we want that community spirit to be instilled in the pupils.
“We have so many different nationalities in the school and 21 different languages so having that sense of community is really important.
“We want that diversity to be reflected in the Oor Wullie statue.
“Every child in the school will put some kind of mark on the sculpture because we want it to be a reflection of everybody.
“It’s such an important thing for bringing the school together as well as giving the children a purpose.
“The kids are going to be going out into the community and getting everyone involved.
“There’s going to be a lot of problem solving involved, lots of artwork too.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
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Each class at the school will submit two potential names, which will then be whittled down to a shortlist of five.
That will then be put to a public vote for the final call on what the statue will be called.
The five young guardians – Luke Humphreys, Stacey Simpson and Georgia Roberts, all 11, and 10-year-olds Reuben Doran and Lillian Morrison – announced the project at an assembly in front of the whole primary.
Luke said: “When we told everyone about it at assembly they were quite shocked.
“It’s been a big surprise for the whole school because nobody knew anything about it until we told them.
“They were all very impressed.
“I hope when it’s finished we put it at the entrance so everyone can see it.”
Fellow pupil Emily Thomson, 11, added: “I’m really excited to take part because it’s going to be lots of fun.
“I can’t wait to see the designs.”