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Second grader Starlee Gallup shows off her self-made book on tarantulas in her Bush Elementary class on Thursday. In this entry, she wrote about one of the classes’ tarantulas named Lightning. She said she likes Lighting because “he goes really fast.”

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Tarantulas bring learning to life for Bush students

It all started with a poem, “Our Class Pets.” Then there was a lesson on democracy, a few student speeches, a vote and before he knew it, Bush Elementary second-grade teacher Michael Stradford had a tarantula in his classroom. And then five.

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