Kids show how to save world

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

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.

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