Life Education charity's Harold the giraffe back in Kaikoura
Kaikoura's schools were visited by an exciting guest last week in the form of Harold The Giraffe.
The giraffe and his mobile classroom are taught by Genevieve MacDonald for the Life Education charity which educates and empowers children to make healthy choices so they can live full and healthy lives.
Every year they teach more than 250,000 New Zealand children about their body, friendships, identity, food, and resilience.
MacDonald said she expected a lot of requests for classes on resilience but actually most of the classes I taught were on kindness.
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"It seems that Kaikoura is trying to get back to normality and they are doing incredibly well."These classes wouldn't have been possible without the sponsorship of the earthquake commission who funded a truck to tow us from Blenheim to Kaikoura and back. Another sponsor was Kaikoura company, The Fissenden Bros, who transported the mobile classroom around the schools free of charge.
"I honestly wasn't expecting it this year with everything that's happened but they did which was excellent. It is acts like that which make coming to Kaikoura possible," MacDonald said.Suburban School teacher Simone Bensdorp said it really helps us to reinforce our school values and the kids were so excited to meet Harold The Giraffe again.
"It helps make learning fun.
"The kids brought a lot of enthusiasm and it sparked great conversations in the classroom afterwards."MacDonald and her trusty friend Harold The Giraffe are now off to their next school in the Rai Valley, Marlborough.
"After expecting to bring some good vibes to the place I left feeling so grateful for the kindness that I received from people all over the town."
- The Marlborough Express