AKC Visits Georgia School

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.

A Redbone Coonhound.

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;The kids were really surprised to have a dog at school. They&##8217;d never had a dog at school before,&##8221; Phillips said. &##8220;They all wanted to pet her, and Dixie loved it.&##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.