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Give Lead Ted a run

Monday, 16th September, 2019

Nate Norris gives Lead Ted a big hug whilst other kids line up to do the same. PICTURE: Myles Burt Nate Norris gives Lead Ted a big hug whilst other kids line up to do the same. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Morgan Street kindergarten students were taught about lead awareness after taking part in the new LeadSmart School Education Program.

The newly-launched program has been designed to engage public school students from an early age right through to Year 6.

Broken Hill Environmental Lead Program chairperson Marion Browne said the program has been developed to equip children with the skills to address lead issues into the future.

Ms Browne hopes local primary schools will jump on board and take part in the program.

“We hope that all schools will make the most of this and that teachers will book and invite Lead Ted to their various events and so on,” Ms Browne said.

“So that all of these messages about being lead smart are really embedded into kids’ understanding of their environment.”

Morgan Street Public School students from Class KH participated in educational songs and dances centred on lead awareness.

Ms Browne said incorporating interactive activities with messages such as washing your hands and controlling dust in the house is the best way to familiarise lead awareness with young children.

“These are very simple messages really when it comes down to it,” Ms Browne said.

“Teachers really appreciate stuff that’s easy to present to their classes, so it’s been done in consultation with educational authority so it’s part of the school curriculum.

“To make sure that all kids get access to testing and that they all get access these messages about being lead smart.”

For those who would like to know more about being lead smart can go to leadsmart.nsw.gov.au.

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