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The May 2 event featuring snacks, a petting zoo and more, brought the community together

CINDY FAMA - Little attendees visit the miniature horses.The Colton Community Connections event held at the Colton Elementary School on Thursday, May 2 offered a free meal and free childcare, plus visits with the local firefighters, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office SWAT team and a couple members of their K-9 unit. There were petting zoo animals and Colton's own Reptile Man. There was also live music, workshops and a resource fair.

"Colton Community Connections night started with a small group of community and school leaders and blossomed into a spectacular event," said Colton School District's Superintendent Koreen Barreras-Brown. "This is a reminder of what our community can do when we collaborate to serve students and families. We Carry the Banner by lifting together."

CINDY FAMA - The Reptile Man Richard Ritchey asks who wants to feel the lizard tail.The children attending took turns patting and feeding snacks to the array of animals that came to visit. There was everything from miniature horses to goats and chickens.

Inside the school gymnasium was an educational workshop put on Richard Ritchey, better known as the Reptile Man. He brought his sense of humor, educational lessons and his cold-blooded reptiles for the audience to enjoy—and maybe learn to put aside some fears.

Along the hallways of the school building, Clackamas County had several informational tables. Members of the CHS band entertained and students from Colton High School Drama's theater group, who are about to bring Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" to the stage, performed musical numbers from the play—and definitely sold a few tickets for the shows.

"It was a wonderful way to bring the community together," Ruth Nimrod said.

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