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Louisville Zoo Pennies for Polar Bears Program

What: The Pennies for Polar Bears Program is designed to help raise awareness about the Glacier Run Exhibit, to teach our kids about the importance of philanthropy and giving back to the community, and to raise critical funds to make Glacier Run a reality. (Note: The Seal and Sea Lion component of the exhibit will open in the summer of 2010. School and classroom efforts can help “bring the bears back” by helping support the cost of the polar bear portion of the exhibit which will open in spring of 2011.)
Why: We know that in order for our young people to care about animals and their environment, they must connect with nature in meaningful ways, and they must understand how all living things are interconnected. In particular, Glacier Run focuses on arctic ecosystems such as the Tundra, and offers information about how to help address some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time.
When: The official Pennies for Polar Bears Campaign will take place September 2010.
How: Fill out the Intent to Participate Form and return to the Louisville Zoo by July 15, 2010 in order to be invited to an August 5, 2010 exhibit walk through just for educators.
Exclusive Educator Preview Event: School representatives who have signed up to participate in the Pennies for Polar Bear Program by July 15, 2010 will be invited to this very special event which includes a reception and a tour of the exhibit. There will be door prizes, resource materials will be distributed and each educator will receive 2 passes to the Zoo to use at their convenience.
Participation Prizes and Incentives: There will be incentives for various levels of giving, as well as for classes and schools that raise the most money (based on per capita student) and schools that have the highest percentage of class participation. Additionally one student and one teacher will receive an award for the most creative Pennies for Polar Bears Initiative. All participating schools will be included on a plaque within the Glacier Run Exhibit. (Only school names will appear on plaque.)
School Responsibilities: Each school will assign a coordinator who will distribute materials and communicate the program to teachers and parents in their school. Each teacher is responsible for collecting his/her classroom’s donations over the span of the campaign and turning proceeds in to the School Coordinator. At the end of the campaign, School Coordinator will send to the Louisville Zoo:
a check for the amount of money raised by the school.
Pennies for Polar Bears Success Form•
*In order to receive incentives and/or be eligible for the creative initiative awards, all money and forms must be received by the Zoo no later than October 15, 2010.
Contact Person
Debbie Shannon
Glacier Run School Campaign Coordinator
Louisville Zoo
1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213
Phone: (502) 238-5486
Fax: (502) 459-2196

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