A beloved teacher’s biggest wish has been granted as Pilgrim Academy officially opened its brand new library in Lond.
Also known as the Aurora Room, this spectacular and vibrant space is a testament to former sixth grade teacher Stephen Lond’s love of books and his ambition to create a place kids would love to sit and read.
Stephen sadly passed away last year and the Immingham School Library was named in his honor with a dedicated plaque on the wall.
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Pilgrim Academy staff gathered for the morning library opening, which lasted 18 months.
The library features hand-painted fictional characters on all of its walls, with everyone from hat-hating cat to gruffalo recreated by former Pilgrim Academy teaching assistant Lauren Irvine. Lauren studied art in college and put her skills to the test to wow children with her lifelike paintings.
Pilgrim Academy Director Andy Clark thanked everyone involved in designing the library – a project he said was started by Stephen Lond. “It seems like a very long time ago when we started this library project, but I think you will agree it was worth the wait,” he said.
“Steve was so passionate about engaging children in reading. He told us he wanted an attractive space with lots of books that the students would want to read, and a place where they could just come and enjoy some quiet time.
“It has been a huge effort on the part of many people involved in this project and my thanks go out to all of you. Lauren did an amazing job on the murals and I’m often asked if it’s wallpaper because the paints are so good, ”he said.
“The vision and hard work that has gone into creating this library is phenomenal. In fact, it was more than just creating a library. It was a personal attachment for everyone.
The Lond Library was officially opened by Kayleigh Morley, English Coordinator and Deputy Director of Pilgrim Academy, along with Lauren Irvine, Andy Clark and other staff who were heavily involved in its creation to witness the ribbon cutting. .
Lauren Irvine said: “I hope Steve would be very proud of what we’ve done. He wanted a fun, bright and inviting space and I think we created it.
After the opening, the Academy’s students, many of whom had not yet seen the library, were able to take a first look and find books to read. One of them was “Inti’s Gift”, a children’s book written by Stephen Lond, which was published after his death with a number of copies donated to the Academy. It is available for purchase on Amazon.
The first in the library were the children of years 3 and 4.
Eight-year-old Jacob Clark said: “The library is absolutely beautiful. I love that there are lots of books and lots of artwork on the walls.
Nine-year-old Victoria Parashkevova agrees: “I think it’s mind blowing with all the books and the pictures,” she said.
Mackenzie Parker, nine, added: “It’s very detailed and the walls are very creative.”
Mr. Clark concluded: “I think we have created a hall that will certainly be a lasting legacy for many years to come. I think it will be a really wonderful space, not just for our children but for the whole community. “
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