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HARMONY: Assembly a showcase for exotic wild animals

by NICOLE ELLI, Gazette Student News Reporter on March 07, 2014 11:00 AM

WESTOVER — Last Friday, the Harmony Area Elementary School had an assembly featuring Wild World of Animals, a traveling wildlife show based in Eighty Four. Eleven animals were brought to put on a show for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Volunteers got to touch or hold the albino Burmese python and the spur thigh tortoise.

[PHOTO: Emily, an animal handler from Wild World of Animals, allowed Harmony Area Elementary student Mackenzie Smay to hold the albino Burmese python at an assembly at the school last Friday.  (Submitted photo/Harmony High School)]

Emily, a handler from Wild World of Animals, also brought a fox and a leopard. The students learned about each animal’s habitat and other interesting facts. The students had a great time seeing exotic animals that they normally wouldn’t see, and learned a great deal about the animals’ habitats and characteristics.

PENNIES FOR PATIENTS

The elementary school has also been involved in a program called Pennies for Patients. The kids’ mission is to collect loose change around the house. All of the funds raised are used to support research and patient aid programs for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. So far, through school and youth programs like Pennies for Patients, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has raised more than $100 million.

Anyone can donate online with a debit/credit card at www.schoolandyouth.org/wpa. The elementary student council counts the change and keeps track of which class is winning the race. Each student is motivated to bring in as much change as possible so their class will win a pizza party.

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