South Taranaki Star
Hawera Primary School students are eating butter by the bucket to save a threatened penguin.
During the school term, which ends tomorrow, schools throughout New Zealand have been competing in the Mainland Adopt a Penguin Programme to learn about the yellow-eyed penguin.
It's one of the most endangered penguins in the world.
The class of seven- and eight-year-olds has its own virtual penguin pet which they are watching grow online while they learn more about the animals.
They are also collecting Mainland product barcodes to send away as part of a competition that raises $1 a barcode for the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust.
"We sent away about 300 [barcodes] last week," says class teacher Jodie Fly.
If they raise the most barcodes, the children can earn $5000 for their school.
"Each week we tie in something about the yellow-eyed penguin to what they are learning," she says.
They keep a life-cycle chart on the class wall and love watching it develop each week.
"We started off with a penguin named Pingu. He started as an egg and we watched it grow."
The financial incentive, which students want to put towards a new playground at their school, has been a great motivator according to Miss Fly.
In first place for most weeks, they have recently slipped to second. With just two days left, any Mainland barcodes are welcomed and can be dropped at Hawera Primary School.
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