LCC offers free fun at Potter Park Zoo
By Shauna Stocken
The 2018 LCC Alumni Day at the Zoo was the 14th annual event created to give back to current and past students, facility members and their families.
Despite a rainy start, Potter Park Zoo was filled with more than animals Sunday, June 24 as hundreds of LCC guests entered the park.
The event lasted five hours and was free of charge aside from the cost of parking. Guests received 10 percent off at the gift shop, as well as free LCC themed gifts for attending. There were free old-fashioned photos and caricatures available to LCC guests as well.
“We came out today with my mom, my kids, my cousin and her kids,” said April Shaffer. “It’s a great event, it shows how much the community is actually involved, and we really appreciate being here today.”
Shaffer’s mother is a two-time LCC alumnus. She attended the college early in her youth, then again 10 years ago to brush up on some educational classes, according to her daughter.
Aside from viewing animals and the bird exhibit with her family, Shaffer’s kids got their face painted by members of LCC’s American Marketing Association (AMA).
“I came out for the social aspect and for giving back to the community,” said Jeff Ice, a second-year LCC student and AMA member since last fall. “It’s not only good for community support, but it’s good to get our club out there.”
Aside from the AMA, booths were manned near the entrance of the zoo with members of LCC’s Health & Human Services Division, Recruitment and Outreach, and Foreign Language Department.
“We’ve seen a lot of people today,” said Kris Bender, LCC Nursing Program faculty. “Some of them were LCC students and some were in general education still looking for career paths and some a little younger, so hopefully future students.
“This is exposure for LCC,” Bender said. “Many people don’t realize all that we have to offer… Sometimes all it takes is hearing about a program from a human.”