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'Envirofit kids' movie makes the environment fun

December 14, 2006

'Envirofit kids' movie makes the environment fun

The 'Envirofit kids' from Verran Primary School have made their own movie about travelling to school to get people thinking about the impacts their travel habits have on their health and the environment.

The movie cleverly links school travel with environmental issues and health benefits. It will be available as a resource for schools providing information to kids by kids, as well as educating parents and teachers. Using a mix of acting, dance and song the movie tackles in a fun and friendly way issues such as the increasing incidence of child obesity, pollution, and traffic congestion.

North Shore City Council's transport development manager, Kit O'Halloran, says the movie is one of the best initiatives he's seen for promoting the benefits of sustainable travel.

"It presents the facts in a way that's relevant to kids, and is also a lesson to parents and teachers.

"As well as educating on transport issues it's extremely entertaining," he says.

Verran Primary School is a leading Enviroschool and joined the TravelWise programme in 2004. The school has consistently promoted walking to school and recently had a new crossing installed to further encourage students to walk to school.

The TravelWise to school programme is co-ordinated by the Auckland Regional Transport Authority in partnership with North Shore City Council and encourages sustainable transport such as walking and cycling to school.

The premiere will be held on Monday December 18 at 6pm in the Verran Primary School hall.

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