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Panther Post: Students meet K-9 officers

Deputy Dan Kruchowski lets students meet Hubbard County's K-9 officer, Oakley, last week. (Submitted photo)

The third grade students at Century Elementary enjoyed an exciting lesson on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Deputies Dan Kruchowski from the Hubbard County Sheriff's office and Bill Conner from the Cass County Sheriff's Office brought in their canine partners, Oakley and Yankee.

The students learned many things from this visit, including the following:

n K-9s can be used to find lost children, vulnerable adults, or criminals.

n K-9s can also locate weapons and narcotics.

n Oakley loves to work for the reward of catching an orange ball, which was demonstrated when he found drugs that Officer Kruchowski had hidden.

n The students were fascinated when Oakley and Deputy Dan staged an attack on Deputy Bill, who was wearing a protective sleeve.

This lesson fit in perfectly with a story the third grade students have recently read, entitled "Aero and Officer Mike," by Joan Plummer Russell.

The students compared and contrasted the dog in that story, Aero, to Oakley and Yankee, through a question and answer period. To top off the visit, Officer Dan gave each student an opportunity to pet Oakley. It was wonderful to have these very spirited canines visit our school!