Pupils create app in honour of classmate

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An app to help people uncover biking tracks in Central Otago has been created by years 7 and 8 pupils from Alexandra Primary School.

The free app, called Dunstan Tracks was inspired after losing fellow pupil Jesse Samuel, who died in October.

Teachers Melissa Gare and Tiffany Kemp said they signed up their classes to the Student Volunteer Army Volunteer Action Kit which provided ideas for setting up a community project.

“A lot of other schools picked up rubbish or planted trees.

“We wanted to be different, so we brainstormed and decided after losing our classmate Jesse Samuel we wanted to do something.”

Biking was one of Jesse’s many passions, Mrs Gare said.

“The bike app was the favourite choice and achievable in our timeframe.”

The pupils had three “CEOs”, a promotions group, launch group, biking group and design group.

was designed by the pupils.

There was a section called “Ride of the Month” which encouraged people to select a trail where people could meet and ride together, she said.

“We are hoping local kids will use this feature to go and bike together from all the schools.”

Jesse’s mother, Justine Walker, said she and her family were “truly grateful that Jesse’s classmates chose to dedicate this app to him”.

“It has Jesse’s name written all over it, two true passions of his – mountain biking and technology.

“When something like this happens to you and you lose everything, and people share and express their acknowledgements of what they meant to them and how much they are loved and missed, it truly means the world you,” she said.

“I would also like to express a big thanks to the teachers to allow such meaningful learning to happen.

“Jesse would be stoked to have this to his name.”