Upward Bound students help with BOO at the ZOO

Upward Bound students help with BOO at the ZOO

Upward Bound students came out in force to help the Children’s Zoo provide a fun, safe event for Lincoln kids this Halloween season. Billed as Lincoln’s “largest and oldest Halloween tradition,” the  “BOO at the ZOO” included costumed characters as well as the Zoo’s resident animal population. Upward Bound students were eager to help out.

Lynn Diep (10) and Northeast student Kasmika Maharjan (10) get ready for the ocean of kids to come for the annual BOO at the ZOO celebration at the Folsom Children’s Zoo on Saturday, Oct. 30th.

Upward Bound students came out in force to help the Children’s Zoo provide a fun, safe event for Lincoln kids this Halloween season. Billed as Lincoln’s “largest and oldest Halloween tradition,” the  “BOO at the ZOO” included costumed characters as well as the Zoo’s resident animal population.

Upward Bound students were eager to help out. “We had over a total 80 students show up to volunteer, with an average of 25 each night,” Upward Bound Director Joan Mendoza-Gorham said. ” Our students volunteered Tuesday October 26 – Saturday October 20, 2011.”

This was one of the Upward Bound’s required monthly events which are designed to provide students with leadership & service opportunities within their communities.

“As part of Upward Bound students are required to do community service – 4 hours a month,” Mendoza-Gorham said.  “Our program sets up this opportunity through the Lincoln community.”

Student volunteers worked from Tuesday October 26 – Saturday October 30, 2011 in a variety of areas from 5:30 – 8 p.m. They checked-in other volunteers, took tickets, monitored gates, and even wore the penguin suit to greet children.

Angie Bustamante (12) dons the giant penguin costume and poses with Merl Holden (12) before the gates open for the annual BOO at the ZOO celebration on Oct. 30, 2011. Upward Bound students volunteered at the zoo for the special event.

“I was doing the Happy Feet dance and giving kids high fives,” senior “penguin” Angie Bustamante said. “It was a lot of fun, but the kids were poking me and pushing me over, and I couldn’t see. I enjoyed it.”

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