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Oklahoma Field Office Says Thanks to a Special Group of Volunteers

The students in Ms. Conallis’s special needs class at Moore High School in Moore, Okla., are always eager to lend a hand in support of BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro (WHB) Adoption Program. The students volunteer their time throughout the school year to prepare adoption application packets and other informational materials for use by the BLM Oklahoma Field Office WHB team. As a gesture of appreciation, the WHB teams hosts an annual pizza party for the class. This year’s party featured a special treat for the kids: a visit by Dakota, a 15-year-old gelding that serves as a key ambassador for the regional adoption program. Students and teachers got to get up close and personal with Dakota and see just how gentle a “wild” horse can be. Students received nice gift bags from the field office including fun activity books about the WHB program. In return, the students presented the adoption crew with a hand-signed “Thank You” card. “Working for BLM is a rewarding experience every day,” said Crystal Cowan, Oklahoma-based wild horse and burro specialist, “but days like today top them all! These kids do so much and are so excited to be a part of this program. It’s an honor and a thrill for us to say ‘thank you’.”