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Land mine detecting dog to visit Riverton school

Feb 24, 2014 - From staff reports

A land mine detecting dog will travel across Wyoming this week, visiting schools as part of the Children Against Mines Program.

The weeklong tour will stop in Riverton at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ashgrove Elementary School where CHAMPS director Kimberly McCasland and Senna, a trained land mine detecting dog, will perform a "simulated minefield" demonstration for students and teachers. McCasland also will explain CHAMPS to students and how they can get involved in helping to prevent land mine tragedies.

Schools have raised $20,000 through events and fundraisers to sponsor a dog used to help "sniff-out" land mines and make land safer in countries around the world.

Earlier this year, Scholastic Books released "Detector Dogs," which discusses CHAMPS and the role many students have taken in helping to sponsor the lifesaving dogs.

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