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Don Seabrook | Context

I’ve been to three elementary schools in the last couple of weeks, covering assemblies and special events. One thing I’ve noticed while looking back at the final edit of photographs is that the more creative pictures need a supporting image to bring context to the photo story.

When the Reptile Man visited Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, I realized the children’s reactions were a big part of the story. Whenever Scott Petersen would pull out one of his animals, excited — sometimes terrifying — screams would come from the kids seated on the cafeteria floor.

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Abraham Lincoln elementary students react as Scott Petersen pulls a Gila monster from an enclosure.

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Kindergartener Elyna Nguyen reacts to holding a bearded dragon during an assembly at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Scott Petersen, known as The Reptile Man from the Monroe Reptile Zoo brought several lizards, snakes, and turtles to show the children at the school, letting them hold some of his specimens.

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James Hendrickson, 8, Cashmere, stands at attention Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, while playing the part of George Washington in the annual Wax Museum activity for third grade students at Vale Elementary School in Cashmere.

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Ayden Gasbar, 9, as Sacagawea, waits to talk about her character at Vale Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. She said whe liked the story of Sacagawea because, "She is very adventurous."

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Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett ducks under the doorway to Camille Collins first grade room at Columbia Elementary School Monday, March 2, 2020.

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Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reads first grade children at Columbia Elementary School the Dr. Seuss book called ABC on the anniversary of his birthday Monday, March 2, 2020. The day is also the National Read Across America Day.

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Michelle Lule-Lineras, 7, Wenatchee, listens to Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett read a Dr. Seuss book on Monday, March 2, 2020.

Photo Editor Don Seabrook: (509)661-5225

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I was born in Wenatchee, went to Eastmont High School, graduated from the University of Washington with a communications degree in journalism. I have a wife and three children.

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