Wylie Intermediate Gifted and Talented Students spent a day at the Abilene Zoo in honor of Earth Day in April, teaching younger students about animals and recycling.
Each year the students create presentations for Earth Day and then use fun games, posters and visual aids to teach younger students.
All Wylie 2nd-graders go on a field trip to the Zoo on that day to hear the GT students’ presentations.
Campbell McCray said he had lots of people come to his display on Flamingos.
“I have had tons of crowds,” he said. “So many people. But Flamingos are interesting creatures.”
Campbell said he worked hard on his presentation.
“It was really hard to do,” he said. “But it was fun. It might help me later in life.”
Payton said she spent her day teaching 2nd-graders about Alligators.
“We had to find cool and interesting facts about them,” she said. “I really like reptiles. I wanted to learn more about alligators, and I thought this would be a good opportunity.”
The event almost didn’t happen this year because of a sewer line problem at the Zoo. However, Zoo officials were able to manage the problem long enough for the presentations. They closed the Zoo as soon as the Wylie program was completed.