|AKC Visits Georgia
Students at Sunset Elementary School in Moultrie, Ga., celebrated Where The Red Fern Grows Week with a unique experience. The book by Wilson Rawls revolves around two Coonhounds, #8220;Little Ann#8221; and #8220;Old Dan#8221; in the Ozarks and their owner, a boy named Billy Coleman.
AKC Coonhounds Executive Field Rep Jimmy Phillips visited the school
and spoke about showing and hunting with Coonhounds#8230;and he brought a surprise guest #8211; a Redbone
Coonhound named #8220;Dixie.#8221;
#8220;I stressed the importance of how to care for a dog and how to treat a dog,#8221; Phillips said. #8220;I explained to the students that a dog needs attention, medical care and food and water everyday.#8221;
To add to the excitement of Phillip#8217;s visit, CNS Television, using their Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) network, linked via a live videoconference with students in Baconton, GA, Shelby Co., AL and Kenosha, WI. The students at the three remote locations interacted real-time with Mr. Phillips and the students at Sunset Elementary School. They asked questions and heard the program presented by Phillips.
The most memorable question from the students was: How fast can Dixie run?, Phillips said. #8220;Usually they ask how many puppies she#8217;s had and how old she is. But the answer is that at her fastest, she could run 15-20 miles-per-hour for a short distance.#8221;
Later that month, the same group of students got to hear #8220;Coon tales#8221; from the Liar#8217;s Club. The club consists of local and out-of-state experienced coon hunters and storytellers. They spun their tales from Sunset Elementary School to Baconton, GA, Shelby Co., AL and Kenosha, WI, via a live videoconference. Besides all the fun, the students in all four locations are working on class-to-class collaborations with writing and social studies lessons.