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Smokey Bear makes visit to Jackson Township Elem.

Friday, September 24, 2010

A special guest was on hand Friday at Jackson Township Elementary. Smokey Bear made a special stop and visited with the teachers and students. He and Interpretive Staff Lynda Ellington and Interpretive Naturalist Vicki Albiete (not pictured) talked with students about how to prevent wildfires. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
Preserving natural resources was the message Friday.

Smokey Bear and his two friends Interpretive Staff Lynda Ellington and Interpretive Naturalist Vicki Albiete visited the students at Jackson Township Elementary. The goal was to remind students that they could help prevent wild fires.

"It is important that young children are told to not play with matches or lighters," Albiete told The Brazil Times. "Life is so busy for so many families, we just want to make sure that children are being told these things."

Children learned about the history of Smokey Bear, how long he lived and where his home was.

Only Kindergarten-third grade students participated in the program, which was coordinated by first-grade teacher Sara Rounds.

"One of our parents brought it to my attention that this program was out there," Rounds said. "It aligned with the curriculum, so we decided to give it a try."

It is because of the student's enthusiasm, Rounds hopes to be able to do the program again next year.

"All of the students enjoyed themselves and they have been looking forward to it all week," she said. "It was very successful."

Albiete deemed the program a success as well.

"The students really seemed to enjoy themselves," she said. "They were well behaved and attentive. We really appreciate the staff inviting us into there school."

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