(05/21/2007)

Polar and Brown bears are among children's favorites

Submitted by Jean Simers

One hundred sixty-four parents and children left Calhoun County on four school buses on Saturday, May 5th to visit the Pittsburgh Zoo.

The day started at Calhoun Middle-High School with breakfast and then boarding the buses at 6:30 a.m. The group had the whole day to visit and explore the zoo.

When asked which animal was their favorite the replies ranged from the elephants, to the brown bear, the polar bears and the sea dragons.

A sack lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pepperoni rolls, fruit, chips, granola bars, cookies, water and juice were provided for everyone while at the zoo.

Everyone boarded the buses at 5 p.m. when the zoo closed. Dinner was provided for everyone at McDonald's on the way home and the buses arrived back at the school around 10:30 p.m.

This trip was a culmination of a year's work for the parents and children. To qualify for the free trip, the parents and their children must have attended five of the eight Saturday Fun and Learning Days, a cooperative project of Heads Up, GEAR Up and the Parent-Educator Resource Center.

The Sea Dragon is a marine fish related to the seahorse

The following Saturday, May 12th, was spent finishing scrapbooks of pictures taken throughout the year during the Saturday Fun and Learning Days.

The staff of Heads Up, GEAR Up and the Parent-Educator Resource Center would like to thank everyone for their hard work. The project would not have been so successful without the dedication of the staff to provide qualify programs during each Saturday and the parents' support of the program.

Children and parents work on 'Saturday Fun & Learning Day' scrapbooks


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