Kids show how to save world
Saving the world is important to Brooke Hunter.
The eight-year-old wants to teach people about ways they can help the environment.
She is part of a team of children and teachers organising an eco festival at Gladstone School this month.
Throughout the festival on August 30, children will demonstrate activities and teach the community how to reduce, reuse, recycle and repair.
Stalls selling organic and home-grown food, music, and entertainment will also be on offer on the day.
Brooke says people need to take care of the environment before it’s too late.
“If we don’t, it will be completely polluted one day and not nice to live in at all,” she says.
Staff and children have been preparing for the festival for most of this year.
Gladstone achieved a silver enviroschools award last year by implementing more environmentally friendly activities around the school.
As part of the criteria to reach gold status, they now need to share their activities with the community and the festival will help them reach their goal.
On festival day children will demonstrate sustainable activities such as planting potatoes in an old tyre, planting seedlings in yoghurt pots, making a worm farm and repairing an old bicycle.
Organiser Jo McIntyreBrown says the children have been enthusiastic about the festival.
“It’s been a great experience for them and there has been a general buzz throughout the school,” she says.
“The kids are constantly coming up with new ideas.”
Ms McIntyre-Brown says the eco festival will be enjoyable for people of all ages.
“We guarantee it will stimulate all five senses.
“Come and discover some simple and easy things you can do to save money at home, work cooperatively with the community and help enrich our local environment at the same time.”
The school is also looking for eco-friendly groups and businesses to be involved.
For more information or to help out, contact Jo on 8469744 ext 742 or email jo@ gladstone.school.nz.
Eco friendly: From left: Gladstone School pupils Ruby Johnston, 9, and Brooke Hunter, 8, plant potatoes in an old tyre. They will demonstrate this activity at their school’s eco festival this month.