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Snakes ALIVE in Nichols

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By Stephen Thomas

NICHOLS - Nichols Elementary principal Sheri Hamilton doesn't speak with a forked tongue, but her new friend has one. 

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Hamilton challenged Nichols students to read 3,000 minutes for Read Across America Week. If they did it, she promised to wear a snake. The student body responded to the challenge with a total of over 10, minutes. 

Maggie, 4-year-old ball python, was about four feet in length, just the right size to fit around the principal's neck and shoulders. 

The students shrieked in both fear and delight when snake handler Skip Kiper placed Maggie on Hamilton's neck during a special school ceremony. Other Nichols staff members, including Brittany Carr also participated in the fun.

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