By CHAD BENNETT Feb. 12, 2014, 11 p.m.
HE’S been helping students for nearly 30 years, and yesterday Healthy Harold moved into the future as Hunter Life Education launched an Australian-first mobile learning centre.
Students from The Junction Public School were the first to test out computer tablets and take in state-of-the-art 3D technology, while sharing hugs with the affectionate mascot.
Hunter Life Education executive officer Sally Coddington said the upgrade, provided through a $115,000 grant from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, will help reach more than 30,000 Hunter children .
‘‘It increases our capacity by about 10,000 children in the Hunter,’’ she said.
‘‘But just as importantly this is our flagship van, so having the latest technology is vital.’’
The Junction Public School principal Wendy Cheek said the programs were a crucial part of the school’s health education.
‘‘Hunter Life Education programs are just invaluable to the school, they really complement everything we do in terms of personal development and health,’’ she said.
‘‘Kids love it.’’