So far: Four raccoon kits have met a bear at the park. The bear turns out to be the beloved Ranger Bob. Somehow the school has lost track of its former safety adviser, and he is living across the river with his daughter. Upon discovery, Ranger Bob is invited to visit the school. You can start the story here.
Ranger Bob steps onto the stage and hugs John The young animals clap and sit down.
Ranger Bob: Hello, everyone! It’s nice to see you.
Students: It’s nice to see you too, Ranger Bob.
Ranger Bob: I want to thank Ms. Porcupine for inviting me to speak. I used to come to the school a lot. I know most of your parents.
Timmy Chipmunk: My mom was really excited that you’re here She says you know everything about safety in the woods.
Ranger Bob (embarrassed): Well, I don’t know everything. But I’ve learned a lot over time.
Ms. Porcupine: I invited Ranger Bob here to share some of what he knows about forest safety.
Ranger Bob: What’s the most important thing to remember in the woods?
The children shout out answers:
Don’t get lost!
Don’t eat poison plants!
Don’t eat poison bugs!
Don’t eat each other!
Ranger Bob: The most important thing to remember is to be prepared. Be sure you have enough water available. Know how to get back to where you started. Questions?
Wally Weasel: Is it OK to go out by ourselves?
Ranger Bob: I recommend that you always take at least one friend with you. But if you do go alone, be sure someone else knows where you’re going and when you plan to be home.
Becky Beaver: What do I do if I get lost?
Ranger Bob: If you’re sure you’re lost, find a safe spot and stay there until someone finds you.
Rikki Raccoon: I’d climb a tree to see if I recognized anything.
Ranger Bob: Excellent idea!
Sheila Squirrel: I’d use the squirrel chatter network to tell my parents where I was.
Ranger Bob: Wonderful!
Louie Wolf: I’d howl to give my position.
Ranger Bob: Another excellent idea! You children are doing great!
Mama and Papa Raccoon are sitting at the back of the room with Ms. Porcupine.
Ms. Porcupine: He really gets along well with the children, doesn’t he?
Mama: Oh, yes. He always has.
Ms. Porcupine: He’s so big. I wonder why they aren’t afraid of him.
Papa: They know he won’t hurt them. I don’t think they even think about his size after a while.
Mama: He’s very gentle. And talks to them as if they were all the same size.
They watch Ranger Bob and the children for a while.
Ranger Bob: Kids, I’m having a great time, but I think it’s about time for me to go. Any last questions?
Anna Raccoon: Are you going to come back soon and teach us more?
Ranger Bob: That’s up to your school.
The children turn to look at Ms. Porcupine.
Ms. Porcupine: What types of things did you have in mind, Anna?
Anna Raccoon: I don’t know. Safety stuff. Like swimming.
The others join in.
Finally, Ms. Porcupine holds up her paw, laughing.
Ms. Porcupine: Ranger Bob, it seems that the children have become very interested in safety all of a sudden.
Ranger Bob: They were very good listeners. And it is important that they know how to stay safe. We want them around for a while.
The children giggle and nod.
Ms. Porcupine: You seem to get along well with them and enjoy teaching them.
Ranger Bob: I’ve enjoyed teaching kids about safety for as long as I can remember.
Ms. Porcupine: Would you be available to come in one afternoon a month for a presentation?
Ranger Bob: I’d be honored.
Ms. Porcupine: Just tell me the subject ahead of time so the parents will know. They might want to come too.
Ranger Bob: Of course.
Ranger Bob turns to the children.
Ranger Bob: OK, kids?
They race up and hug him. It looks like there might be tears in Ranger Bob’s eyes.
Pictures courtesy of Google Images.