A lanky giraffe coming to Albany wants to meet kids.
Life Education Trust mascot Harold the Giraffe will be at Albany Toyota this weekend with the trust's North Shore mobile classroom.
The classroom is open from 10am till noon each day, Life Education North Shore chairman Barry Kirk-Burnnand of Coatesville says.
Along with Harold, one of the trust's educators will be there to show parents what it is their children experience in Life Education's lessons.
"We're a charitable trust which takes a very positive health-based programme to around 9000 children on the North Shore each year," Barry says.
"Our programme consists of over 40 different lessons with five basic themes - health and nutrition, body systems, self esteem and social relationships, then, towards the end of primary and into intermediate school, we discuss substances."
The goal of the lessons, held on the North Shore for 20 years, is to give preschool, primary and intermediate pupils the tools to help them make smart life choices.
"Our mobile classroom - with its starlit ceiling, smell generators, big screen, pull-apart torso and other electronic marvels - allows us to create a little bit of Hollywood in our presentation and really helps the messages sink in," Barry says.
"The classroom's specialist educator, a fully qualified teacher and Life Ed North Shore's only paid employee, increases the effectiveness of the lessons when the classroom visits schools in the area." Also instrumental in getting the message across is Harold, a children's favourite.
Barry says there has been a waiting list of schools until recent successful fundraising allowed the trust to add a second mobile classroom.
"From 2013, we'll be running two classrooms and seeing 16,000 children annually but we need to fundraise about $150,000 annually to do this.
"We charge $5 or less per child per session, but the actual cost is closer to $15 per child."
Funding for the non-profit organisation comes from various organisations, including the Rotary Club of Albany and businesses which provide money and services such as transportation for the classrooms.
Life Education's classroom will be at the main Albany Toyota dealership site at the entrance to the old Albany village, corner of Gills Rd and Dairy Flat Highway. Off-street parking is available for visitors. Follow the signs.
Visit lifeeducationnorth shore.co.nz for information about Life Education.
- © Fairfax NZ News
Have the new speed limit rules made you change your driving habits?