Kids in­vited to Think Kind

The Northland Age - - Local News -

En­tries have opened for the 2019 Think Kind com­pe­ti­tion, staged an­nu­ally by the NZ Vege­tar­ian So­ci­ety, open to all pri­mary to sec­ondary stu­dents.

The idea is to help an­i­mals by writ­ing, draw­ing, cre­at­ing (a film?) or start­ing some­thing (like a pe­ti­tion).

“The world needs more kind­ness,” said NZ Vege­tar­ian So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Ju­lia Cle­ments.

“Last year we had chil­dren ex­press­ing them­selves through hun­dreds of dif­fer­ent projects, like let­ter-writ­ing cam­paigns, poster-mak­ing, speeches, videos, hold­ing stalls, etc, and the chil­dren learnt about how their ac­tions can make a change. They were then able to share their learn­ing with friends and fam­ily.”

Na­tional of­fice co-or­di­na­tor Vikto´ria Lencse´s Spear said the best projects were those that gave a clear un­der­stand­ing of the topic.

“I love read­ing in­for­ma­tive es­says, short sto­ries about an­i­mals, look­ing at draw­ings and watch­ing cre­ative videos,” she said.

“I would love to see more ac­tion projects. My favourite en­try so far was a hiphop video about healthy eat­ing — the song and per­for­mance was orig­i­nal, cre­ative, and catchy, while the lyrics in­cluded some good facts.”

Think Kind, she added, was a fun way for stu­dents to learn about the food they ate and the im­pact of their choices on their health, the en­vi­ron­ment and an­i­mals; to gain skills in re­search, me­dia or lead­er­ship; and to win great prizes for them­selves and their school.

Ev­ery en­trant would re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate and a prize, the over­all win­ner, to be de­cided by a pub­lic vote, col­lect­ing $1000 for their school. Go to www.vege­tar­ian.org.nz; en­tries must be sub­mit­ted on­line by Au­gust 12.

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