Kids find ‘critters’ amazing

Published 10:55 pm Thursday, June 28, 2012

Critters from the South Alabama Electric Cooperative “invaded” Brundidge Station Thursday afternoon, much to the amazement and enjoyment of nearly 60 youngsters who participated in the Summer Reading Program at the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library.

Jennifer Amlong, children’s librarian, said this is the second year that SAEC biologists, Jimmy and Sierra Stiles have brought the “Critters” to Brundidge.

The theme of this summer’s reading program is “Dream Big” and although “Critters” is rather a stretch, Amlong said, the popularity of the program was reason enough to bring it back to the library.

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“The children love seeing the reptiles and amphibians and they especially enjoy getting to touch them,” Amlong said. “This is an outstanding fun and educational program.”

Chellie Phillips, SAEC public relations, said the program is offered free to schools and community groups that promote childhood learning.

“‘Critters’ is a part of our Cooperative Environment Program,” Phillips said. “It’s a way that SAEC can demonstrate our commitment to protecting and sustaining the environment.”

Phillips said that all of the reptiles and amphibians that are part of the “Critters” program are found under power lines.

“And they are all native to Alabama,” she said. “Whenever SAEC is installing power lines or working on lines, we always consider the wildlife habitats.”

Insects are often drawn to lights at night, so providing a light in the darkness for “the least of these” is also a connection that SAEC has to Alabama wildlife.

“Critters “ programs may be arranged by calling Phillips at 800-556-2060.