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Gigha pupils collect stones for NYC golf course

Aerial view of Gigha
The Manhattan pupils are including the island of Gigha on their golf course

Stones from a remote beach will create a link between a tiny Hebridean island and New York.

Pupils on Gigha are collecting pebbles and shells, which will be placed in a mini-golf course being built by youngsters at a school in Manhattan.

The course is being constructed as part of an arts project and will feature landmarks from across Scotland.

Education Secretary Mike Russell said the project was a "new twist" to traditional school twinning projects.

'Global citizens'

Inspired by Gigha's community buyout in 2002, Manhattan's City and Country School decided to include the small Scottish island on the course.

Mr Russell said: "By combing the beach for items to send to Manhattan, the 23 pupils of Gigha School will each be making a personal investment in the link-up and will help create a piece of community art on the other side of the Atlantic.

"All of our pupils should be global citizens with an understanding of the world and Scotland's place in it.

"This project is an excellent example of how our schools can achieve that in a creative and meaningful way."

Details of the project come at the end of Scotland Week, which helps promote Scotland in North America.

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