Take 3 educators visit two New South Wales schools

With schools now back in full swing following the summer break, our education team have this week been spreading the Take 3 message at two schools in New South Wales.

Led by Take 3 co-founder Roberta Dixon-Valk, we have visited Mosman Public and Cheltenham Girls’ High School for incursions about our work and the important role young people have in protecting our oceans.

Roberta, was joined by educator Dana Lopez for the visits to Mosman on Thursday and Cheltenham on Wednesday. Take 3 have a long-standing relationship with Mosman Public and have been their nominated charity since 2019, with students raising $18,000 in that time. This year the school is targeting at least $15,000, with events including the Mini-Mos 2k, 5k, and 10k which will take place in June.

This relationship allows Take 3 to engage and educate the students and community about individual and collective actions to support sustainability, while in return the students give back through fundraising and awareness efforts.

Thursday’s visit to Mosman was an opportunity for Roberta and Dana to address the entire school at an assembly and thank the students for their efforts last year and also get them excited for the year ahead, while also giving a presentation on Take 3 and the importance of protecting our oceans.

Take 3 educator Dana Lopez on stage at Mosman Public School

Sarah Angus, a Mosman Public School parent, said: “The relationship with Take 3 has been really engaging for the whole school. Take 3 has inspired kids to create videos, posters, and educate the community.

“Even more the simple Take 3 message has kids taking action every day to help the environment.”

Wednesday’s visit to Cheltenham Girls’ High School took on a similar theme with our education team making the trip to speak with the school’s Environment Committee courtesy of funding from Hornsby Council.

Students from Cheltenham Girls’ High School are due to attend our inaugural Youth Summit this June with Roberta and Dana taking time out to speak to the students about what they can do in their school and the broader community to raise awareness and reduce waste.

The 30 students also took our plastic footprint survey to find out more about how much plastic they use in their day to day lives.

Dana added: “It has been a great couple of days. I have really enjoyed being back in schools after a difficult 2020 where we had to change the way we educated young minds.

“The students were so engaged with what we were saying and there is no better feeling than seeing there faces light up with excitement about Take 3 and protecting the environment.

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Take 3 co-founder Roberta Dixon-Valk speaking to youngsters from Cheltenham Girls’ High School

“The children at Mosman are always fantastic and they were very excited about some of the Take 3 prizes we are offering this year!

“It was a different day at Cheltenham, but just as rewarding. I enjoyed talking to the girls about the great work they are doing and reassuring them it is cool to be part of the environment committee.”

To find out more about any of our education opportunities, including Youth Leadership, Online Learning and our upcoming Youth Summit please get in touch via info@take3.org