Westside 2nd-graders honored for Just Zoo It!

Westside Intermediate School’s 2nd-grade class won the Just Zoo It! contest for collecting the most money for the Salisbury Zoo.

Lynn Schwemlein’s class was excited when the Just Zoo It! Prize Patrol arrived to congratulate them on raising more money than any other class in Wicomico County last year.

Overall, the 2018 campaign raised more than $29,000. Since it began eight years ago, it has raised more than $240,000.

Proceeds go to Renew the Zoo and include improving the American Bison Exhibit.

This is the eighth year students across the Lower Shore have collected coins and bills in Just Zoo It! Containers, to give to the Delmarva Zoological Society, the non-profit organization that raises money for capital improvement projects at the zoo.

The class that raised the highest amount in each county will be rewarded with a trip to the zoo to meet zookeepers, learn about animals, enjoy a pizza party and cupcakes and take home a T-shirt and stuffed animal.

One random class will also get a trip to the zoo.

“We are so appreciative of every student who helped collect coins for the Salisbury Zoo,” said Zoo Director Ralph Piland.

“We love that students are learning how to give back to their community and we hope they know that they are really helping to make a difference in their community. The Salisbury Zoo relies on community support and the Just Zoo It! program allows students to take a role in that,” Piland said.

The Delmarva Zoological Society partnered with area schools, which distributed Just Zoo It! decorative cans, donated by Pepsi Bottling Ventures.

Lower Shore Enterprises staff helped wrap the cans with Just Zoo It! labels.

Coins were counted by First Shore Federal employees.

“Seeing how much students all over the Delmarva peninsula love the zoo helps motivate us to work even harder to make sure we have an outstanding zoo in our community,” said Ashley Bosche, chairwoman of the Delmarva Zoological board.

“We know how special the zoo is and it’s gratifying to see it reflected in the excitement every year of these students who want to do something to give it back,” she said.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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