Hatherleigh Primary School pupil Serafina Dillon received a visit from her Member of Parliament on Friday (31/05/21), five months after coming runner-up in a competition to design his 2020 Christmas Card.
Every year Central Devon MP Mel Stride invites primary school pupils from across his constituency to enter their designs, encouraging budding young artists from ages 4 to 11 to get involved, and eight-year-old Serafina impressed with her colourful drawing of a Christmas scene, with a tree, presents and snowman.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Mr Stride had not been previously able to visit the school to congratulate Serafina or award her with the art supplies that she won. Afterwards he was given a full tour of the school by headteacher Alan Monger and discussed some of the challenges of the past year.
Mr Stride said:
“It was great to meet Serafina, to thank her for her wonderful drawing and of course to handover her well-earned prize. It was also good to catch up with Alan and some of the staff who have worked so hard during the crisis.”
Mr Stride has 43 primary schools in his constituency and this was Mr Stride’s fourth visit to Hatherleigh Primary School as an MP. The competition to design Mr Stride’s 2020 Christmas Card was sponsored by Western Spray and was won by Nina Ciebien from Landscore Primary School in Crediton.