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Students care for air

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 12:00 p.m.

Not many schools are as aware of air pollution as Otumoetai Primary School in Tauranga. And at the end of last term, before all the students headed off to enjoy their holidays, 9-year-old Lucia Wilton won a prize to prove it.

Otumoetai Primary school hosts one of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s air monitoring stations on their school grounds. The station measures fine particulate matter in the air and often proves a talking point for teachers and students.

The colouring competition was organised between Year 5 teacher, Katrina Stevenson and Regional Council following a staff meeting focusing on air quality science and pollution prevention.

The competition highlighted simple ways people can help keep the air healthy such as only burning dry wood in fires, walking to school rather than taking the car and saving energy around home and school.

Lucia won a kite for her efforts and was proud to be presented the prize in assembly on the last day of the term.

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Lucia Wilton age 9 from Otumoetai Primary winner of Prevent Air Pollution colouring in competition in front of air monitoring station Sept 2016

Students care for air - winner