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AWE recently sponsored an eye-opening trip for a group of children from Theale Primary Autism Resource to spend the day with the Wolf Conservation Trust, in Beenham.
The trip was paid for by AWE’s Community Committee following a nomination from staff. The resource centre, attached to Theale Primary School, offers children from across West Berkshire, who have been diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, specialist teaching and support.
The aim is to enable children to access a full mainstream curriculum and to prepare them for the next step in their educational careers.
All the money raised for the trust goes towards the upkeep of the centre and the care of the 11 wolves, as well as linked projects abroad.
The organisation was founded in 1995 by the late Roger Palmer who was passionate about wolves and worked hard to dispel myths and misconceptions which surround them.
Danny Kidby-Hunter, Assistant Education Officer & Assistant Wolf Keeper, said: “Our mission is to dispel the many myths and misconceptions surrounding wolves, and we do this by inviting school groups and university students to see them up close and personal.
“We feel that by educating the public about the true nature of wolves, it provides a better understanding, which in turn encourages the conservation of the species.”
The Resource pupils were also joined on their visit by children from the mainstream school, who also take part in the literacy intervention groups run by Resource teachers.
Sue Kedar, Teacher in Charge of Autism Resource at Theale Primary School, said: “The children all had a wonderful time. One little boy said afterwards that it was his best day ever!
“We are hugely grateful to AWE for funding this wonderful visit. Many of our children have been excluded from school visits in previous educational placements, so it was very special for them to have such a treat.
Recently, the school’s literacy groups have been studying wolves, with the younger children reading and writing wolf stories and the older children writing wolf reports.
Notes to Editors:
1. AWE plc manages and operates the Atomic Weapons Establishment on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, manufacturing and maintaining the warheads for the UK’s nuclear deterrent.
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3. Although not open to the public like a zoo, the trust holds a wide variety of events, such as Wolf Keeper Day experiences, Open Days and Howl Nights to name but a few, where the public can pre-book to attend and come and see our 11 wolves.
There is also the opportunity to become a member of the Trust and go on a walk with some of our ambassador wolves and get up close to them. To date the UKWCT has donated £150,000 to projects worldwide who work to conserve wolves and change the public's misconceptions of them.
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