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Tweddle and Footscray West Primary School celebrate Children's Week

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 18/10/12

Tweddle Child + Family Health Service in Adelaide Street Footscray and 1400 metres away, Footscray West Primary School have been supporting families in the west for over 90 years and Children’s Week 2012 has brought them together.

Tweddle approached Footscray West PS art teacher Susie Belcher and Principal Brendan Millar and asked if they’d consider helping to brighten the Tweddle living spaces with some children’s artwork to celebrate Children’s Week.

Twenty-five families with children 0-6 stay in the residential unit at Tweddle every fortnight for support when parenting has become overwhelming.

Susie and Brendan knew of the services provided at Tweddle and decided to support the project. The overwhelming response to the request has amounted to over six weeks of hard work producing amazing paintings, dream catchers and papier mache families.

Susie, who worked through many breaks and lunches to meet the tight deadline, has inspired students to capture a vibrant and diverse representation of their families. Officeworks Yarraville supported the project by donating all hanging systems for the thirty paintings. “The children are all so proud not only of their artwork, but also that they are helping families that need cheering up” said Susie

The Tweddle and Footscray West Primary School ‘2012 Children’s Week’ art exhibition will launch to students, families and friends on Wednesday 24th October. Following on from Children’s Week, the thirty canvases will be donated to Tweddle by the students and displayed throughout the residential unit including living areas, corridors and bedrooms. Student Ava Strybosch is proud of her painting, which she explained ‘turned out better than I expected and that the painting of her family made her happy’.

"The halls and communal areas at Tweddle will be very warm and cheerful. We’re excited about the opportunity for local children to create a joyful, colourful space that comes with stories told through art.” said Tweddle CEO, Vivienne Amery

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