Primary school pupils in the north-east will get the chance to learn more about the poppy.
A charity said it is appalled after thieves stole its collection tins from north-east shops.
Up to 20 new council homes will be offered to those leaving the armed forces or to the spouses and dependents of those who have died while serving.
A north-east church is aiming to make almost 2,000 knitted poppies as part of a memorial to mark the centenary of the First World War.
A schoolboy's "letter home" from a World War 1 soldier has delivered him a top prize in a national contest.