Year 6 Tewantin State School students were paid a visit from Healthy Harold recently.
Year 6 Tewantin State School students were paid a visit from Healthy Harold recently. Contributed

Healthy Harlod makes a visit

OK, let's talk about the giraffe in the room...

Healthy Harold, the giraffe synonymous with the Life Education van and program recently made his annual visit to Tewantin State School.

Life Education began 39 years ago and provides school children with health and drug education, helping more than 700,000 young Australians make healthy and safe choices each year. It teaches children ways to keep their bodies healthy and to equip them with the skills to make appropriate choices and a way of learning to stay secure in potentially unsafe situations.

The program is now seen as an essential component of every child's education.

On a local level, Life Education Cooloola-Noosa was formed in 1995 and each session is presented by educators who receive specialised training in the areas of health and drug education.

Life Education educator Niki Andrinopoulos said she loves welcoming local school kids to the high-tech mobile classroom.

"In the younger grades, we aim to teach children about their body and how it works. The aim of our senior classes is to help students develop a sound understanding of their body and well-being so they understand how special and truly unique they are,” Niki said.

"This visit, we focused on the dangers of cyber-bullying.”

Through its sponsorship, the Tewantin Community branch of Bendigo Bank offsets the program costs, which are professionally designed and based on extensive research.

"A lot of hard work went into raising the funds to buy our Life Education van and we can't thank our sponsors enough for their ongoing support,” Niki said.

"Bendigo Bank know the importance of the Life Ed program and as many know, continue to support the project.”

As a primary school teacher of 30 years, Niki will have travelled to more than 20 schools from Gympie to Coolum by the end of 2018 and around 8,000 children will have accessed the program.

The van also made a visit to Noosaville and Cooroy State Schools.

Life Education remains a not-for-profit organisation and works closely with local schools and communities.

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