Life Trust teacher says good­bye to Harold

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CATRIN OWEN

Harold the gi­raffe has lost a friend af­ter eight years of be­ing best buds.

Lynn Klap­proth is re­tir­ing from her job as an ed­u­ca­tor for the Life Ed­u­ca­tion Trust in cen­tral Auck­land.

The trust is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion teach­ing health ed­u­ca­tion to 245,000 pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate school chil­dren around New Zealand ev­ery year.

For Klap­proth it was a chance en­counter that made her switch from her teacher’s role in South Auck­land to an ed­u­ca­tor.

‘‘I feel re­ally priv­i­leged to have taught over 50,000 chil­dren,’’ she said.

Over the last eight years Klap­proth has seen a lot of changes on the bus with tech­nol­ogy in­creas­ingly be­ing a part of the teach­ing.

De­spite the job be­ing quite lonely at times for Klap­proth her good friend Harold helped.

‘‘Many days you come in and you have to bounce up and down and don’t feel like it but you have a chat with Harold and you feel fab­u­lous.’’

Klap­proth has taught chil­dren across cen­tral Auck­land from Pt Eng­land to Three Kings.

‘‘There’s so much stress and pres­sure out there for chil­dren, I just think it’s re­ally cool when kids can feel good about them­selves.’’

Klap­proth is re­tir­ing to take time to spend with her fam­ily.

CATRIN OWEN/ FAIRFAX NZ

Harold the gi­raffe is not too happy about part­ing with Life Ed­u­ca­tion ed­u­ca­tor Lynn Klap­proth af­ter eight years.

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