New wheels for Harold’s 25th year
Harold the Giraffe is getting a new ride to celebrate his 25th birthday.
Harold is the mascot of the Life Education Trust, a nationwide charity that visits schools to teach kids about healthy decision making.
The trust was established in 1988 and now teaches nutrition to more than 225,000 children a year.
A visit from the Life Education mobile classrooms is a highlight on the school calendar as children are eager to experience the truck’s star-lit ceiling, the mysterious popcorn smell machine, Tam the anatomical doll and, of course, meet Harold himself.
But Life Education Trust chief executive officer John O’Connell wants to ensure the trust remains at the forefront of kids’ learning experiences for the next 25 years.
So it has invested in 45 new mobile classrooms equipped with Microsoft Kinetic technology.
The digital technology allows students to see their own bodies become moving skeletons and organs that are projected lifesize on the mobile classroom wall.
‘‘The digital classroom is an example of how we’re dev- eloping our resources and content to support the school teacher in the classroom environment,’’ he says.
The prototype vehicle was on display this month at the trust’s 25th annual conference in Auckland.
Each of the new fleet of 45 vehicles will undergo testing before they are rolled out later this year.
Much loved: Harold the Giraffe talks to a class about healthy lifestyle choices – with the help of a Life Education teacher.