By JUDY SHERIDAN
Student interest soared to TERRIFIC levels recently at McCall Elementary in Willow Park as 90 third-graders got a chance to dissect a pig’s head as the finale for the “Charlotte’s Web Steam Grant: Science Technology Engineering Art Math wrapped in a Literature Web.”
Alan Small, of Worth Learning Inc., conducted the anatomy lesson, the apex of five weeks of science activities centered around E.B. White’s famous book, “Charlotte’s Web.”
Proposed by McCall third-grade teacher Jennie Lytle and awarded by the Aledo ISD Education Foundation, the $4,200 grant also allowed students to make insect habitats, holograms and homemade ice cream, using the activities as a reward for completing their reading.
“It was awesome,” Xavier Anderson said of the pig’s dissection. “The bones in their nose look like butterflies.”
“It was very fun,” said Adam Takacs. “I poked the eye and black fluid spilled out of it.”
“I’ve never actually seen a real pig,” Sydney Porter said, “and I didn’t know how hard it was to take a pig’s eye out.”
“We learned that a pig’s brain is five times smaller than a person’s,” Emilee Davis said, “and that a pig’s sense of smell is better than a dog’s.”
Avery Mulkey was glad to have a change of pace and thought it was really cool. “We dissected the brain, eyes, tongue and part of the ear,” she said.
A few students were less than enthusiastic, however, and some were contemplating life as vegetarians.
Payton Coppock didn’t appreciate the way the pig’s tongue came out when its head was flipped and described the brain as “much squishier” than one might think.
“Not so much,” Kylee Voorhees replied when asked if she enjoyed the activity. “I’ve seen the eyes out of the head, and they’re little and gross.”
STEAM grant blends science, reading skills
By JUDY SHERIDAN
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Parker County Attorney John Forrest will ask county commissioners for additional funds as county budget discussions begin this year; he hopes to hire another attorney to help with an increase in Child Protective Services cases.
Firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges
A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period.
Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.
Developer withdraws site plan
ANNETTA —A controversial 34-home subdivision proposed for a 41-acre tract on Duncan Road will not go forward as planned, according to action taken by both the proposed developer and the Annetta Town Council after a public hearing Thursday night.
Aledo City Council to meet July 24
The Aledo City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in the Aledo Community Center, 104 Robinson Court, Aledo.
Fires damage business, home
Two separate fires around 2 p.m. July 15 damaged a Willow Park business and destroyed the home of a Weatherford family.
Letter to the Editor
Thursday night, July 17, I was present for a surprisingly interesting experience when State Representative candidate Matthew Britt addressed a small group of supporters, followed by a question and answer session.
ESD 1, Annetta South close on fire station site
Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 and Annetta South officials said Tuesday that the ESD is homing in on a site for a new fire station to serve residents in the Annettas and surrounding areas. Annetta South is expected to consider a zoning change to accommodate a new station next month.
Registration has begun for Aledo ISD
Aledo ISD enrollment for the 2014-15 school year began yesterday, July 21, and students new to the district need to register before school begins, Monday, Aug. 25.
County scrambling to fill elections post
Former Parker County Assistant Elections Administrator Laura Watkins, who sought, but was not appointed to the post of Parker County Elections Administrator after Robert Parten retired, last week began work as assistant elections administrator for Palo Pinto County, Palo Pinto County Elections Administrator Judith Evans has confirmed.
Willow Park tackles 11-street project
The Willow Park City Council last week picked a list of 11 streets they’d like repaired as part of the city’s next road repair project, a significant portion of the 17-road, $850,000 list of needed repairs.
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