Cleveland students volunteer at zoo

From News ReleaseDecember 6, 2013 

Cleveland High School’s Danet Grabbe helps a youngster play a game during “Boo at the Zoo.”

COURTESY OF NATHANAEL SHELTON — JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Sixteen National Honor Society members from Cleveland High School recently volunteered at the N.C. Zoological Park in Asheboro.

On Oct. 26, the students donated their time to “Boo at the Zoo,” a family-friendly fun day that is the zoo’s biggest annual event.

The National Honor Society requires its members to earn community service hours over the course of the year, and students work at various events like “Boo at the Zoo” to earn the 30 required hours.

The event lasted from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and welcomed thousands of little ghouls and goblins in search of Halloween-themed fun. Students staffed game stations, registered participants for the costume contest, assembled and handed out treat bags and greeted guests upon arrival, making them aware of events they could enjoy.

“The students never lost their enthusiasm and were energetic and professional,” said Toy Lambeth, the N.C. Zoo’s volunteer coordinator. “They helped create fun and memorable zoo experiences for our guests. I am very proud of the way these students represented the N.C. Zoo, as well as Cleveland High School.”

N.C. Zoo Deputy Director Mary Joan Pugh also praised the students for being one of the best student volunteer groups the zoo has ever had.

This is the second time Cleveland High has helped out at the zoo. In 2012, students traveled to Asheboro to work the Earth Day festival.

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