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14 April 1986
High School Gym at Caldwell High School in Caldwell, Kansas
On Monday, 14 April 1986, Kansas Governor John Carlin signed a bill in the High School Gym in Caldwell, Kansas, officially making the Ornate Box Turtle the official state reptile of Kansas. The campaign to have this turtle named an official symbol was organized and successfully completed by the Caldwell Elementary School sixth grade class. There teacher was Larry L. Miller. The group gained national attention with their unique campaign, and Caldwell will forever be known as the ORNATE BOX TURTLE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD since the City of Caldwell signed an official document the following October giving the city the title.
Mr. Larry L. Miller was employed at Topeka Collegiate School from 1991 to 2001. As of August 2001 he has been employed at Northern Hills Junior High School located in the Seaman School District. The Seaman District is located north of the Kansas River in Shawnee County, Kansas. He and his wife, Suzanne, often take students on Kansas field and camping trips. Of course, they often encounter Kansas' state reptile - THE COLORFUL ORNATE BOX TURTLE.
Information about events in Caldwell dealing with the Ornate Box Turtle can be obtained by writing to THE CALDWELL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, CALDWELL, KS 67022
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