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Wild Things! Reading Program 2005 Winners Announced at Anahuac NWR
Southwest Region, February 28, 2005
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Anahuac NWR and the Friends of Anahuac Refuge hosted the Wild Things! Reading Program 2005 during the month of February. For three weeks, 5th grade students at Anahuac Elementary, East Chambers Intermediate and Barbers Hill Intermediate (representing all three school districts in Chambers County) read non-fiction books that focused on plants, animals and the natural environment. Students that read the most books were awarded prizes donated by the Friends of Anahuac Refuge, a non-profit, volunteer-support organization for the Refuge. This annual program was initiated in 1998 and has enjoyed enthusiatic participation each year since.

A total of 1,079 non-fiction, nature-related books were read by students at all three schools. Book topics included everything from alligators and snakes to spiders and sharks.

The top three winners at each school received the following prizes: 1st place - fishing pole and tackle box; 2nd place - a field guide to birds and a pair of commemorative binoculars recognizing the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System from Eagle Optics; 3rd place ? nature reference book. Award presentations are made at each school by FOAR representatives and refuge staff.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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