It may be high summer but schools in South Tyneside are being invited to take part in a film-inspired winter event.
Great North Snowdogs, based on the animated short film The Snowman and the Snowdog, is a large-scale public art event featuring the lovable canine character.
The project, organised by promoters Wild in Art and St Oswald’s Hospice to raise funds for the charity’s children’s services, aims to capture the hearts and minds of the region in the run up to Christmas.
As well as sculptures decorated by artists, school children are being invited to design and paint mini dogs that will be placed along a trail throughout Tyne and Wear.
Bill Quay Primary School, which has a number of Hebburn children in its classes, has already signed up to take part.
The pupils were presented with their snowdog by St Oswald’s Hospice fundraiser Helen Alderson at a special unveiling assembly.
Year 3 teacher Rebecca Webb said: “We heard about Great North Snowdogs through a parent who has good links with Tyne and Wear Metro, the headline sponsor of the trail. We thought it would be a fun way to get involved with the local community, and we’re really excited to be supporting St Oswald’s, which is a great cause.
“We’ve decided to go with a Royal family theme for our Snowdog, as part our celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday. The staff have already had some great ideas, but it’s ultimately up to the children to help design it. We’re just itching to get started now.”
The staff at Bill Quay have set up a Twitter account for their Snowdog, so the families of the students can keep up to date with his adventures. The dog can be followed at @SnowdogBillQuay.
There is still chance for schools and businesses to get involved in Great North Snowdogs. To find out more, visit www.greatnorthsnowdogs.co.uk or call 0191 246 912.