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Every year the Palmerston council ignites the local community spirit through the Palmerston Youth Festival: a celebration of art, music, food and entertainment.

The festival’s unofficial mascot is an orange monster nicknamed ‘Tentacle Mike’. This year the council has asked STEPS AMEP students to utilise their sewing skills to transform the virtual monster into a tangible stuffed toy.

Our talented AMEP students used their creativity to create ‘Tentacle Mike’, working with only a sketch and picture of Mike’s top half. Together they created a pattern for the sewing group to use, and from the pictures, it looks like they have successfully bought Mike to life! The ladies will be making 20 of these lovely mascots for the upcoming Palmerston Youth Festival happening from 6-12 July.

Pictured is our lovely Lidia from the Ukraine, who created the first ‘Tentacle Mike’ based on the design brainstormed by Mr White along with their teacher.

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.

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