Critters Help Shawnee ECS Students Learn about Responsibility

Critters Help Shawnee ECS Students Learn about Responsibility
Posted on 05/02/2016
Critters Help Shawnee ECS Students Learn about Responsibility
“Who 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.


A 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.

The 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 pet owner.

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.”

"The Critter Guy" visited Shawnee Early Childhood School this week, helping the students better understand the concept of responsibility.