Harold helps students thrive

Students at Drouin West Primary School enjoyed meeting Healthy Harold to learn about how to have positive relationships. Photos: supplied 369192_01

Healthy Harold and Life Ed delivered education sessions to students at Drouin West Primary School recently.

From Thursday 12 October to Friday 20 October, they explored topics like how to stay healthy and how to have positive, respectful friendships, thanks to Life Ed’s Thrive Fund.

Life Ed’s Thrive Fund was set up to ensure more children and schools in rural, remote and low socio-economic areas are able to access the latest evidence-based learning modules, so young people can develop critical life skills to use into the future.

Woolworths Supermarkets are the foundation partners of the fund, contributing $250,000 over the past two years which has helped more than 12,000 kids across the country benefit from the Life Ed program.

Drouin West Primary School is one of the beneficiaries of the Thrive Fund in 2023.

This means that their Prep to Year 6 students participated in four of Life Ed’s modules at reduced cost, taking the financial stress away from parents and supporting local teachers as they teach the crowded curriculum.

Life Ed Victoria community partnerships manager Lisa McCann said she was pleased to see Healthy Harold visit students at Drouin West Primary School with the help of Woolworths Supermarkets.

“We discussed a lot of important topics like friendship and how to make healthy choices as we took on ‘Harold’s Friendship’, ‘Ready Steady Go’, ‘Growing Good Friends’, and ‘Relate, Respect, Connect’ learning modules,” Ms McCann said.

“At Life Ed, we pride ourselves in taking the complex issues and turning them into exciting adventures which harness the imaginative and curious nature of young people to uncover information and unlock critical thinking skills.

“Education is power and we want to give all children in the West Gippsland community the chance to thrive.”

Life Ed focuses on early intervention, delivering programs in the early childhood and primary school space.

This allows for learnings to be firmly embedded and gives young people the time to practise making safe choices well before being confronted by challenging situations, difficult decisions and increasing peer pressure.

Life Ed takes the tough conversations around subjects, like health, wellbeing and respectful relationships, and creates comprehensive and engaging, tailored programs that start before and continue well after the iconic Healthy Harold visit.

For more information on Life Ed’s program and Thrive Fund, visit lifeed.org.au or call 1300 427 653.