Pupils talk teeth in new kids’ book

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Southland Girls' High School pupils Ryah Tui and Pyper Renton are keen on raising dental hygiene awareness through their new book.

TWO Southland pupils are on a mission to help young Kiwis learn good dental hygiene through their new children’s book.

Southland Girls’ High School pupils Pyper Renton (17) and Ryah Tui (18) are in the final stages of getting their educational book ready for print.

The project was part of The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) which offers an opportunity for high-schoolers to start their own company to create a product or service to bring this to market.

Pyper said they chose to craft a children’s book which taught good oral hygiene practices and featured its own range of diverse Kiwi characters.

“We thought a book would be a good way of doing this as children are always reading books.”

Ryah said they made the characters diverse so as to be reflective of New Zealand society.

Both of the young women had set aside time in their school timetable for YES and the next steps were to wait on the illustrator and editor before getting it published.

Ryah said the name came from them imagining children reading their books in a cave of sorts, similar to the reading corners they grew up reading in.

The year 13 pupils did not have a name for the book yet but called their business Kidscave NZ.

Pyper said they hoped to create a series of books based with a theme of nutritional and health care, such as the one they were making now.

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