NEW FRIEND: Meet Healthy Harold the life coach van friend to all.
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Life education: Grandparents a vital link says educator

GRANDPARENTS can be a valuable source of teaching to children and no-one knows this better than Jennifer Rousset.

She sees the level of involvement between grandparents and grandchildren every day as they drop the little ones off to school.

Jennifer is one of 10 educators in Queensland under the Life Education and the Healthy Harold Van that visits schools from Coolum to Caboolture.

"Life Education has been empowering children and young people to make safer and healthier choices through education for nearly 40 years," Jennifer said.

"Life Education was founded by Ted Noffs of The Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross in 1979. Healthy Harold is our mascot. He is a friend to all, a lovely puppet that introduces the modules."

Those modules for primary schools include everything from nutrition, physical and emotional well-being, friendships, safety, bullying and cyber-safety, smoking, alcohol and other drugs.

"Sessions last from 60 to 90 minutes," Jennifer said. "The modules are inclusive and interactive.

"The children are thinking about solutions themselves through activities related to the modules, role playing, doing group work and discussions. Fun is thrown in too. It's lively, and quite fast and totally different from a normal classroom environment. The teacher is involved too and there's pre and post-work for the teacher on each module. Our modules align with the national curriculum. Teachers use us as an additional resource."


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