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Home-schooled student, Kimmie Blake, 10 of Medina, pets a Chinchilla named Cliff, while attended a class on endangered species at the Akron Zoo. (Paul Tople/Akron Beacon Journal)
Akron Zoo educational specialist Deb Brady (left), holds a Puerto Rican Boa constrictor named Lugillo, as home-schooled students Evan William (left), 6 and Donald Padgett, 7, both of Green, pet the snake during a class on endangered species. (Paul Tople/Akron Beacon Journal)
Home-schooled students play a game called picky eaters, where they hold a card representing a species of bird and they have to find a food duringa a class on endangered species presented at the Akron Zoo. (Paul Tople/Akron Beacon Journal)
Keenan Sweeney, 12, of Akron, reads a handout given to home-schooled students attending a class on endangered species at the Akron Zoo. (Paul Tople/Akron Beacon Journal)
Carrie Bassett, Akron Zoo education specialist, teaches a class to home-schooled students about endangered species. (Paul Tople/Akron Beacon Journal)
From the porch behind my uncle’s house, I watched my dad shoot a silver handgun at a makeshift target. The series of bullets scattered wood debris as they struck the base of an old oak at the forest’s edge.