LCC hosts family fun at Potter Park Zoo
By Shauna Stocken
Current LCC students, alumni, employees, retirees and families are welcome to the 14th annual Alumni Day at the Zoo this Sunday, June 24 at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.
The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free to attend aside from the $3 cost of parking for Ingham County residents and $5 for outside residents.
“The alumni association has always been involved in the event all throughout its history,” said Dan McKean, executive director of the LCC Alumni Association. “We wanted to have a fun event (in which) we could celebrate our alumni, and the zoo is a great place to get to do that.”
According to McKean, the event is a way to give back to LCC alumni. It is made possible by the event sponsor for the past several years, LAFCU credit union.
Guests attending the Day at the Zoo will be able to visit more than just animals throughout the day.
“The LCC AMA (American Marketing Association) is a registered student organization here on campus, and we have been a partner, providing the free face-painting tent at this event for several years,” said Adrienne Jenkins, co-adviser for LCC’s AMA. “I would have to say for at least 10 years or more.”
The AMA face-painting booth is free to all ages, but donations are welcome.
“We ask for donations and then donate them to the LCC Food Pantry that we have here on campus available for our students and staff,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins said the event is a productive way for the AMA to network with LCC members and their families.
“It’s usually a beautiful day outside,” she said. “It’s fun to work with the children and see their faces when they’re happy with what we’ve painted.”
Aside from zoo animals and face painting, other notable attractions will include a family photo booth by Looking Glass Photo Booth, the Lansing Fire Department, a Lansing Police Department police cruiser and caricature drawings.
According to McKean registration was approaching 1,000 guests as of June 18. To RSVP before the coming weekend, visit https://lcc.edu/dayatthezoo/.
“We usually get about almost 2,000 people that come out every year to celebrate LCC and to enjoy the day,” McKean said.