ELMER’s Great North Parade is stomping across the region from August 2019, and leading independent supply teaching agency First Class Supply has been announced as the Learning Programme Partner.

As part of their sponsorship, First Class Supply will gift six small Elmers to a selection of schools across the North East, which would usually cost the schools £650 each. As the Learning Programme Partner, the supply-teaching agency will fund all six of these, enabling the schools to design and decorate their very own Elmer that will join the Parade for 10 weeks starting in August 2019. First Class Supply has also sponsored a large Elmer, which will be situated at an iconic location in the North East.

Lesley Robinson, director at First Class Supply, said: “It’s so important to First Class Supply to be involved with such a fantastic cause for our region, and we’re thrilled to be the Learning Programme Partner for Elmer’s Great North Parade

“As an agency it’s incredibly important for us to support and get involved with our local community, our local schools and their pupils, so Elmer’s Parade is a natural fit”.

Jane Hogan, project lead at Elmer’s Great North Parad, said: “We are delighted that First Class Supply has joined the Parade as our Learning Programme Partner. Their knowledge of the region’s education sector coupled with their enthusiasm and passion for the north east community makes them our perfect partners – we can’t wait to start working together on what will be the region’s biggest and brightest public art trail.”

The charity behind the successful Great North Snowdogs campaign in 2016, St Oswald’s Children Hospice, has revealed a similar trail across Tyne and Wear which will see over 70 bespoke elephants based on the famous children’s book Elmer, the patchwork elephant, stomp across the North East. Schools and youth groups have also been invited to help decorate smaller Elmer sculptures named as the ‘little herd’. To find out more about getting involved with Elmer’s Great North Parade, visit www.greatnorthelmer.co.uk.