CSLA Second Graders Make a Difference at the Chattanooga Zoo

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CSLA Second Graders Make a Difference at the Chattanooga Zoo

Jan 31, 2012

Contact: Michelle Lisotto




January 31, 2012

CSLA Second Graders Make a Difference at the Chattanooga Zoo

Chattanooga, Tenn. – A second grade class at the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts (CSLA) is making a big difference for the animals at the Chattanooga Zoo.

The class of 36 students will be presenting the Chattanooga Zoo with a check for $900 from funds they raised through the “Cookie Jar Economics Project.” The project requires the students to study the development of a product, research what will be needed for that product, then produce and sell the product. This year, the class chose to sell M&M cookie mix and orange spice tea mix, selling out of both items in the first two weeks.

CSLA teacher and long-time supporter of the Zoo, Mary Foster says the Zoo was adopted many years ago by the students after a visit in 1992 when they saw a need for larger animal exhibits. “Each year the students brainstorm other areas of concern in which they can donate the money raised, but the Zoo always wins,” said Mrs. Foster.

Mrs. Foster says that when she asks her students why they want funds to go to the Zoo, they say that it is important to have endangered animals protected and to produce new animals of that species. She also said that many of them want to see new animals come to the Zoo and they feel that the money raised will help the Zoo acquire more animals.

“We are so grateful to Mrs. Foster and her admirable class of second graders who worked so hard on this project to benefit the animals of the Chattanooga Zoo,” said CEO Darde Long. “I know if they could, the animals would give each of them a big hug for their efforts.”

The class will present the check to Zoo CEO, Darde Long on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. at CSLA located at 6579 East Brained Rd. For more information, call 423.643.5710.


The 13-acre Chattanooga Zoo (historically referred to as the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park) is accredited by the national Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. The Zoo is dedicated to its mission of engaging and inspiring all citizens of the community to better understand and preserve wildlife by creating meaningful connections between people and animals. With its intimate, innovative exhibits, wide-ranging education offerings and commitment to conservation, the Chattanooga Zoo fills a unique niche within the community. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. In 2012, the Chattanooga Zoo will be celebrating its 75th anniversary. For more information, visit www.chattzoo.org.

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