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The Wood Tick Races in Morson!

Hi Ken!
Another outstanding Record!
I don’t know how you can be so consistent!
I loved your coment about wood ticks.
Here is how we used them up in the Morson School back in 1972.
When I moved to the Rainy River District, I learned about Dermacentor variabilis, of the Ixodidae family, commonly known as the wood or dog tick. By the time I started at Morson Public School, my imagination was running rampant from all the ‘tick’ stories I had heard.
Mrs. Kreger soon allayed my fears.
“You will feel them long before they get settled,” she laughed. “Just pick them off and flatten them with a ruler.”
Not only did I catch them, but the so did the children, which became distracting because it seemed to happen during group times. The child would want to flush it down the toilet, or crack it with the ruler.
A simple solution was needed.
It was Carolyn who discovered it was much easier to have the pupils stick the pest on a reversed strip of masking tape conveniently located on the classroom doorjamb. This proved to be the perfect solution. Whenever a pupil found a tick, he or she would quietly get up and press it onto the tick-strip.
Another routine was established.
Well, it wasn’t long before someone noticed that one classroom had more ticks than the other. The race was on! It was a challenge to see which room had more ticks by the end of each day. Just as the recess bells rang, some boys would deliberately walk through the tall grass.
The whole thing sounds silly, I know, but it proved to be a great teaching tool for counting. The ‘Tick Race’ only lasted a couple of weeks, because eventually, the novelty wore off, and The Great Wood Tick Race became the just-stick-them-on-the-tape routine.
Once in a while, a tick would be discovered well implanted upon a student. I would relay the child to Carolyn, who seemed to have some special technique for removing entrenched ticks. She was marvellous!
Actually, for all the horror stories that abounded about ticks they never presented much of a problem.
Eventually, like everything else, they became part of the routine.
Graham Ducker