Zoo-Mates mentors and mentees were able to celebrate the holidays and a successful first quarter on Wednesday at UC. Friends from Fidelity Investments organized games, pizza, music and some original gifts!
Eating some pizza!
Playing the piano.
A big thank you to Ricky Nye who came and played beautiful holiday music.
Some games and activities.
A hula hoop pro.
Fidelity organized holiday gifts for Zoo-Mates. Everyone got a different hoodie and some warm weather gear to go along with it!
Everyone looked great in their new hoodies and jackets!
A final group picture.
A big thanks to Fidelity Investments and Ricky Nye for a great holiday party! Zoo-Mates will take a break until January. See you then!
Zoo-Mates mentors and mentees met on another rainy Wednesday, but this time the activities were inside!
Everyone watched The Polar Bear Express in 4-D. With 3-D glasses and seats that moved, Zoo-Mates felt like they were riding on a train. After the movie, Lucy, from the Cincinnati Zoo, made hot chocolate!
On the walk to and from the movie, mentors and mentees saw polar bears and a female lion.
Then the zoo brought out a Japanese Bantam chicken named "Foghorn". Lucy laid out three types of food for foghorn: pellets, mealworms and corn. Everyone voted on what type of food they thought Foghorn would eat first. He ate mealworms before anything else.
Walking through the zoo to see The Polar Bear Express in 4-D.
Getting ready for the movie.
Cool 3-D glasses.
A Japanese Bantam chicken.
Next week, Zoo-Mates will be at Hays/Porter Elementary with Happen, Inc.
Zoo-Mates celebrated our first regular meeting at Hays/Porter Elementary with two very special activities. Happen, Inc. came and presented a special art activity. Happen, Inc. will come to Hays/Porter once a month for Zoo-Mates. Project Connect also arranged for a moon bounce to be set up behind the school.
Happen, Inc. taught us how to make monkeys out of clay, step by step.
Mentors and mentees worked to make great works of art!
Thanks Happen, Inc. We'll see you again next month!
The moon bounce was a chance to jump around and practice some acrobatics.
Waiting for the moon bounce.
There was even time to play on the playground.
It was a good day! We'll see you next week at the University of Cincinnati!
Zoo-bration, the open house for families and mentors, was held at the Cincinnati Zoo on Wednesday evening! We got to meet lots of Zoo animals, including the giraffes, and ate a delicious meal provided by City Barbeque.
The education department from the Cincinnati Zoo brought lots of animals for us to see and learn about.
We meet an Anatolian Shepherd, a dog that guards sheep to keep them safe from cheetahs in Africa.
Mentors and mentees learned about a bearded dragon.
Project Connect made placemats with games and questions.
Next Wednesday we will be at the Cincinnati Zoo again. Mentors and mentees will be using the Zoo's "Wild Research Packs" to investigate animal behavior.