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YMCA afterschool program gets up close with Chehaw animals

Jayme Jones, Chehaw Education Assistant Jayme Jones, Chehaw Education Assistant
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Kids at a YMCA afterschool program got up close with Madagascar hissing cockroaches, an alligator, a hedgehog and an owl Friday afternoon.
Chehaw took the animals to Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary to teach the students the difference between birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects.

"The knowledge of how animals can be really different,” said Jayme Jones, Chehaw Education Assistant. “Just general characteristics between them. How some maybe really creepy but they're not really that bad or disgusting as they might think."

“We love partnering with people local to show the kids the animals and stuff like that so they can get a different learning experience than they do in the classroom,” said Erin Hutchins, 21st Century Program Director.

The 21st Century Program will have a Fall festival dance at each of their schools next week. Kids must bring a canned good to get in to be donated to the charity of their choice.

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