S.P.A.N. students learn about goats

Published 6:29 pm Friday, April 20, 2012

S.P.A.N. student Ashley Campbell, left, feeds one of the show goats with her teacher, Sherry Hartley.

The Chilton County S.P.A.N. Advisory Board held a program for students involving goats during the board’s March meeting at the S.P.A.N. school.

Clay Mims, of the ALFA Meat Goat Board, allowed students to pet and feed his show goats.

In addition to substitute teaching at S.P.A.N., Mims shows his goats professionally at schools, churches, daycares and other places on a regular basis.

His goats are smaller in size than average goats.

“He loves to take them and show them,” said Ann Baker, president of the advisory board. “These are really pets. They’re just real loving.”

The goat show was one of many activities the advisory board plans for S.P.A.N. students, such as hiking, camping, swimming and boating.

“We try to do special things for those kids,” Baker said. “We have a partnership with the camp. It’s a great relationship we have with them.”

Tim Killough, assistant scout executive of the Tukabatchee Area Council in Montgomery, was the guest speaker at the meeting.

The S.P.A.N. Advisory Board is a volunteer group that also coordinates mentoring for students.

“Anybody that’s interested in mentoring, we’re open,” Baker said. “We would like to have more board members.”