Learning about habitats and careers



Darlene Ake keeps those little ones at the Wewahitchka Elementary School PreK mighty busy.

When not learning about giving to others, classwork in recent weeks has been about habitats and careers, or what those youngsters want to be when grown up.

So, they had several guests last week.

Jason Barnes and Frank Bailey from Gulf Coast Electric Co-Op brought a bucket truck and demonstrated how they do their work.

Capt. Chris Buchanan and Lt. Tim Wood from the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office offered the children a close inspection of a patrol vehicle.

Aaron Brock from the Panama City Fire Dept. told the children about what it takes to fight a fire, while dressed in full gear.

And Smokey Bear was joined by Charles Laird, Justin Lewis and Eddie Davis from the Florida Department of Forestry to teach the youngsters about the forest and dangers of fire.

The week climaxed when the class took a field trip to Dead Lakes Park and walked the nature trail.

And when they came out, there was Smokey Bear checking on a campfire left unattended.

The young minds learned about the dangers of campfires and wildfires and what Forest rangers do to protect the forest.

The trip also served as something of an end to lessons on habitats, as the youngters go up close and personal with a forest and pond.