New wheels for Harold’s 25th year

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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