Big cat comes to Helke


By Drew Sipos - For the Drummer



The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.


The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.


The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.


The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.


The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.


The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.


The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.


The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.


The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.


The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.


The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.


The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.


VANDALIA — The Cincinnati Zoo came to town to show the kids at Helke Elementary School some interesting animals. The children had the ability to see an African Crested Porcupine, a house cat, a Cheetah, which the kids seemed to like the most, and a livestock guard dog that is actually used in Africa to fend off cheetahs.

This was all thanks to the Read-a-thon program the school had just this fall, where students were challenged to read throughout the day, and track their time both at school and at home.

“There was actually some competition between classes,” said Principal Brian Tregoning.

One student was even tracked at reading around three thousand minutes in only two weeks. The program was so successful it raised around six thousand dollars for the school, all thanks to donations made by relatives and citizens of the area to recognize the reading effort of the students.

“Reading can be more important than math and science at this level,” Tregoning explained. “Without reading, other subjects can be much more challenging.”

The school wanted to present the students with a chance at some hands on learning, rather than just explaining certain terms in a classroom. The kids had the chance to learn about terms such as adaptation, and camouflage, along with many other survival techniques and interesting facts about the animals presented.

The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_7.jpgThe Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_10.jpgThe Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_13.jpgThe Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_14.jpgThe Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_16.jpgThe Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_20.jpgThe Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_23-1.jpgThe Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_27.jpgThe Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_28.jpgThe Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_32.jpgThe Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_36.jpgThe Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_21.jpgThe Cincinnati Zoo brought a porcupine, cheetah, a house cat, and a livestock guard dog to visit Helke Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

By Drew Sipos

For the Drummer

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