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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Roo Doo’s Wildlife Park Owners Visit Mansfield Elementary


Roo Doo’s Wild Life Park Owners, JR and Kristen Wheeler, visited Mansfield Elementary School yesterday to introduce their new program, “Wild About Reading.” Kristen Wheeler, former Mansfield Elementary teacher and dyslexia coordinator now for Arkansas Virtual Academy, wants to reach the unreachable students. Their goal with this program is to provide every student with their own personal book to take home. Many of the kids never get a chance to have their own book. With this program, kids can enjoy reading at home!
Yesterday during their visit, JR introduced the kids to Walter, the albino wallaby. Students were amazed by Walter and his kangaroo like features. The Wheelers taught the kids about Walter’s habitat, the things he likes to eat, and how he moves around and survives in his environment. The kids were amazed and loved every minute of it. After learning about wallabies, students lined up at the door and the Wheeler’s daughter, Kiyah, gave each student a book to keep and to take home.

Walter, the wallaby, hopping around

The Wheelers will be visiting Hackett and Waldron Elementary next to introduce their program to these schools, and then they will be returning to Mansfield Elementary after Christmas Break again for their “Wild About Reading” program. If you are interested in donating to this program to help provide a child with a book, please contact Roo Doo’s Wild Life Park through their Facebook page. The Wheelers said, “It only takes $1 to sponsor a child, and for some kids this may be the first book they have ever owned.”
Students receiving their free book!

Students enjoying their free book from Roo Doo’s Wild Life Park!

“What do you know about wallabies?”

Kindergarten classes enjoying seeing Walter.

First grade classes listening and learning about Walter.

Second grade classes learning about how reading is fun.

Third grade classes asking questions about Walter.

Fourth grade enjoying learning about how books are fun!

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