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Volunteer Michelle Makes Mark With Mural

A Coventry school has been brightened up with a mosaic mural to celebrate the millennium.

The creation at St Benedict’s RC Primary School in Leigh Street, Hillfields, has been put together by Coventry University student Michelle Duffus.

Michelle, a second year Fine Art student, worked alongside teacher Melanie Lovelock to create the mural with the pupils of St Benedict’s following a competition among them to find ideas for the design.

The finished mural represents life and wishes in the year 2000 and was realised using a variety of materials including spray-painted pebbles, Lego and a brass door knob.

Michelle got involved with the project as part of a Millennium Volunteers scheme. It is a new nationwide initiative aimed at people aged between 16 and 24 who want to volunteer their time for the benefit of others.

Coventry’s scheme is based at Coventry University Students’ Union, and is a joint project with the University and the City Council’s Area Co-ordination Teams.

It is open to anyone from the city who would like to get involved in a project to benefit their community.

Commenting on the Millennium Mosaic project St Benedict’s head teacher Maureen Perry said:

“It was very helpful to have Michelle working alongside Melanie. It made this part of our on going Millennium celebrations run smoothly - and with stunning results.”

In addition to the Millennium Mosaic project Coventry University Computer Science students are also planning to construct a website for the school.

Other projects currently being undertaken by the University’s students include a psychology student working at the Gosford Asian Day Care Centre in Hillfields, and students working in care homes for the elderly around the city.

For more information about Millennium Volunteers contact Corinne Gordon on 024 7657 1249, email:

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