Birthday Celebration Will Honor Huntington's No Horsin' with Drugs "Mr. Chips"

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Mr. Chips
Mr. Chips

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) - Mayor Kim Wolfe announced plans for a very special birthday celebration. After more than nearly a decade of service to the City’s “Don’t Horse Around With Drugs” program, Mr. Chips is celebrating his 30th birthday.

Mr. Chips was donated to the Huntington Mounted Police Unit nearly 10 years ago and since that time, he has traveled throughout the City of Huntington and Cabell and Wayne counties helping to educate approximately 15,000 children on the dangers of drugs.

“The Little Horse That Can,” says Mayor Wolfe, “is how I like to describe Mr. Chips. He was too small to serve as a Police horse but he has proven himself to be a giant among the children he visits each year. It is such a treat to watch their faces light up when they have their pictures taken on Mr. Chips.”

Mr. Chips recently underwent an annual veterinary checkup and was given a clean bill of health. In fact, the vet noted that the horse is in excellent condition considering his age. It may be that Mr. Chips knows he has an obligation to help teach as many children as possible on the dangers of drug use.

Mr. Chips and Mayor Wolfe will finish their spring schedule of “Don’t Horse Around With Drugs” at Altizer Elementary School on Wednesday, May 25th, at 10:45 a.m. (weather permitting), where First Grade students will help celebrate Mr. Chips’ birthday.

“We’ll have carrots for Mr. Chips, of course!” Mayor added. “How appropriate that Mr. Chips would be surrounded by the children he loves on his special day.”

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