AUDIO: Children in Moving Ahead program explore state park

Thursday, July 1, 2010 | 7:08 p.m. CDT; updated 8:59 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 2, 2010

Kyle Hayes, a participant in the program, points out the bat’s fingers to a friend.

The Moving Ahead program is a Columbia Housing Authority initiative that provides kids from low-income backgrounds with tutors, field trips, and special events. On Wednesday, children in the program took a trip to Rock Bridge State Park.


Meredith Donaldson shows kids a bat at Rock Bridge State Park in Columbia. She explained that bats were the keystone species in cave environments like Devil’s Icebox.
Meredith Donaldson, Rock Bridge Park volunteer tour guide, holds a stuffed animal bat Wednesday afternoon in Columbia. Donaldson used various props to capture kids' attention during the Moving Ahead program field trip.

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