would want to clean up after this guy?” asked Brian Gill, aka “The
Critter Guy” to Shawnee students, referring to a 90-pound tortoise. It
seems like a strange question, but there’s an underlying reason.
chinchilla, boa constrictor and hairless rat, along with Pete the
tortoise, visited the school recently as part of an educational
presentation. And the cute critters were ambassadors of sorts, serving a
bigger purpose. The Critter Guy’s questions helped the students
better understand the duties of taking care of different animals, all
part of helping the students better understand responsibility.
presentation by Cool Critters Outreach sprinkled fun facts about the
animals in with educational messages, from the ecological system and
interconnectedness of animals, to the differences in species due to
environment. And students heard about what makes a good pet and a good
The Critter Guy shared that many of their animals
with the organization have been rescued from unsafe homes or were
previously pets that the owners no longer wanted.
“It’s a very
hands-on, educational way to help our students grasp the concept of
being accountable and having responsibilities,” explained Theresa
Brock, Shawnee principal. “They hear many of these concepts in the
classroom and this was a great way for them to see it through our
animal visitors and to hear the animal’s background. They loved every
animal and were able to hear and see how unique each one was.”
Critter Guy" visited Shawnee Early Childhood School this week,
helping the students better understand the concept of responsibility.