Swapping out the chocolate
It’s out with the chocolate and in with the toothbrushes for Hillsborough Primary School.
The school has swapped selling sweets for a healthier choice.
Elizabeth Ryan, secretary of the PTA Friends of Hillsborough Primary School, says the initiative started this term.
‘‘I used to work at a public health group and there was always these ongoing discussions with mums about how we don’t have enough healthy fundraisers.
‘‘I’ve seen the children who don’t brush their teeth and are starting school with holes in their teeth,’’ Ryan says.
The toothbrushes are being sold as an alternative to the usual chocolate bars to raise money for the school and also encourage good oral health.
Twinkle Tooth is not your ordinary toothbrush, it flashes for two minutes, which is the amount of time the New Zealand Dental Association recommends for brushing.
So far the PTA has sold 170 toothbrushes to pupils at a cost of $5 per brush, with $2 going to the school.
The initiative is a stark contrast of the school’s past fundraisers which included sausage sizzles and donuts.
‘‘If you grew up in New Zealand it’s always been junk,’’ Ryan says.
She says there has been a progressive change in improved health outcomes for the pupils.
Ella Menzies, Josh Vossen-Chong, Siddhraj Solanki and Jessica Ryan test out their new toothbrushes.