School goes healthy and green

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Southland Adventist Christian School from Invercargill, South New Zealand, has won a national innovation award for its plans to build a “glass” house from recycled juice bottles.

The teacher in charge of the project, Ryan Baronian, said the Southland Adventist Christian School principal, Gezina Parish, had viewed the idea online.

The school would need to collect about 1500 three-litre juice bottles to complete the project

The school would need to collect about 1500 three-litre juice bottles to complete the project, which was part of the school’s participation in the Heart Foundation Healthy Heart program.

Mr Baronian said the school had a worm farm, compost bin, vegetable garden, and had held a healthy habits evening for the school community where students demonstrated healthy snacks. 

“All the vegetables grown are cooked by the students, then they have them for lunch,” says Mr Baronian. The students grow potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, beans and strawberries.

All 52 students at the school were involved in the healthy heart programme, but Mr Baronian said the recycled bottle house was more a senior project.

The school’s efforts had also won them the Heart Foundation’s nationwide 2010 Innovation Prize, a Silver: Te Whanau award through the Healthy Heart Award for Schools program. The school had won a $NZ100 Mitre 10 voucher, which it would use to buy timber for the recycled bottle house, he said.

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