GALLIPOLIS — During a special presentation on Tuesday afternoon, students at Ohio Valley Christian School (OVCS) in Gallipolis, while learning about animals, and, specifically, reptiles, were greeted by a special visitor named Daisy, who was a big hit among the students and staff.
Daisy, a 14-foot albino Burmese python, along with her keeper Rick Teepen, a herpetologist with the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky, made the long trip to OVCS on Tuesday for a “Snakes Alive” interactive program that allows students to see and touch many non-venomous reptiles.
The students even had the chance to take turns holding Daisy following the afternoon’s program that, according to the school’s chief administrator, Patrick O’Donnell, was a unique and memorable learning experience for the students.
“It was a good hands-on experience for the kids and he integrated Biblical truth very well in his presentation,” O’Donnell said.
Teepen, along with Daisy, brought along several of his other reptile friends from across the globe, including a group of corn snakes with different color variations and several newly-hatched babies, a ball python, a leopard gecko, and a Savannah monitor lizard, and many others.
Following the presentation, O’Donnell, who thanked the many donors who helped bring Teepen to OVCS, further discussed the positive reaction the kids had to the presentation.
“I thought he was very engaging. He knows his material, and the presentation is well thought out,” O’Donnell said. “The kids got to handle snakes, that’s just not an everyday experience. That will be something that they remember, and they’ll be able to associate what they learned with that day. We made a memory for them.”