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AC-T students welcome 'wolf'

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The fifth grade students at Albert City-Truesdale welcomed a wolf into their school recently - and even shared it with the other students in the school!

Hold on a minute! It was a tall friendly creature - the mascot from the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Wolf was on hand to present awards to three fifth grade students on behalf of the Midwest Dairy Council, located in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

Each year the business sponsors a poster contest for youth to enter, promoting the dairy industry. A particular theme is chosen each year and the posters are judged. Twenty lucky winners are chosen each year with the prize being a visit from the wolf. Fifth grade teacher Annette Bruns, an avid Chiefs' fan, heard about the contest several years ago and has made it an assignment in her class. Last year, AC-T was also fortunate to have a students' poster selected as a winner. This year, Cole Groszkrueger's poster was chosen as a winner while the posters of Cole Moens and Nathan Peterson earned honorable mention awards.

This year's theme was "The Power Behind the Play with 3-Dairy-A-Day." Students were asked to design a milk bottle, combining nutritional ideas as well as the KC Chiefs. There were 4,000 entries received from students in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri.

Not all of the AC-T students are Chiefs' fans but on the day the wolf showed up, EVERYONE was a fan. Many students dressed in red and yellow is support of the football team.

The gentleman who dresses in the KC wolf costume, Mrs. Bruns said, was awesome with the students and shared many nutritional facts and how they can learn to make healthy food choices as well as information on some of the Chiefs' football players. He also shared a video of his performances.

The students made the wolf feel welcome. "We've got a great group of kids who are very respectable," she added.

Cole Groszkrueger even had the opportunity to try on the wolf costume in front of all the students - a highlight of everyone's day.

Last year, Mrs. Bruns made arrowhead-shaped cookies, decorated in red and yellow, for the assembly. This year, however, the Pride of AC-T parent group provided cupcakes to celebrate the event.

With winners two years in a row, Mrs. Bruns said, the lower classes are looking forward to fifth grade to take part in the contest for their chance to bring back the wolf!

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