About 30 children, ages 8 and under, and their parents arrived at the Milton Public Library, Wednesday, Oct. 9, to meet “TCF Psydekick,” “PK” for short, a 16-year-old Arabian gelding.
Danielle Martin, 17, a senior at Milton High School, and her mom, Sheila, brought the horse as part of a presentation made by Danielle to meet a requirement for her agricultural business and leadership class.
Milton High School agriculture teacher Stacy Skemp said the requirement was designed to help high school students develop leadership skills by speaking before a group. This is the third year she and her students have made presentations to children at the library, Skemp said.
High school students are often nervous about making presentations, and find an audience of younger children less intimidating, Skemp said.
This year, there are nine students in the ag business class. Each will make a presentation at the library, on varying topics, on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the school year, she said.
As part of her presentation, Danielle read “If I Had A Horse,” by Gianna Marino, and, with PK serving as a visual aid, shared information about the anatomy of a horse.
Assistant Library Director Jayme Anderson said partnering with the ag business students has provided the library with the opportunity to bring agriculturally-based programming that might not ordinarily be associated with a library.
Past presentations have included small animals, pumpkin painting and information about maple syrup production, complete with pancakes, Anderson said.
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Children line up in the Milton Public Library parking lot to meet “PK,” a 16-year-old Arabian horse who served as a visual aid during a presentation about equine anatomy given by his owner, Danielle Martin, a senior at Milton High School. The presentation was made Oct. 9.
"PK," an Arabian gelding, enjoys some hay before meeting children at the Milton Public Library.
Danielle Martin, 17, reads “If I Had A Horse,” by Gianna Marino, to about 30 children, ages 8 and under, as part of a presentation about horse anatomy given to meet a requirement for her Milton High School agricultural business and leadership class.
Children and parents gather on the lawn at the Milton Public Library to listen as Milton High School student Danielle Martin reads a story about horses.
Children follow Sheila Martin and "PK" the horse to his trailer.
Danielle Martin distributes handouts used to help identify the body parts of a horse.
Using a paper diagram, children follow along as body parts are identified on PK the horse.
Danielle Martin kneels near PK the horse as she explains his various parts.
Children, ages 8 and under, show interest and enthusiasm during the presentation.
Presentation participants line up to meet PK the horse.
A presentation participant and PK make friends.
Children pet and greet PK after learning about a horse’s body parts. During the presentation, several of his parts were labeled.
A young friend expresses delight while meeting PK.
An intrepid youngster reaches up.
Danielle Martin, at right, instructs youngsters about how to safely offer PK treats.
Serving as a visual aid, PK poses as his owner, Danielle Martin, 17, Janesville, and a student at Milton High School, labels his neck.
Surrounded by new friends, PK waits for treats.
As the presentation ends, Danielle Martin, at right, and PK enjoy a quiet moment.