MICHIGAN CITY — Coolspring Student Council members traveled to Washington Park Zoo on May 24 to complete their community project.
The Coolspring Student Council was awarded a grant from the Michigan City Exchangette’s Club earlier this school year. Several members presented their idea to create planters for the zoo that the community could enjoy. The Michigan City High School construction class instructed by Jeff Rochowiak created two planters. The planters were then stained and delivered to the zoo by Student Council teacher representative Megan Edinger. The students planted an array of flowers in the planters on May 24. The planters can be seen near the Discovery Center by the picnic area. On the planters is a plaque with all the Coolspring Student Council members names thanks to Amy Wojasinski-Labis and Raph Gee.
The students at Coolspring continued to give back to the zoo. On the week of May 20, Coolspring students participated in their annual Jimmy Jar Wars. Students are encouraged to bring in pennies for their class. They can also bring in silver coins to put in other classes jars. The class with the highest positive money earned is the winner. The students of Coolspring then donate the money collected to the Washington Park Zoo. The students celebrate their donations with the Jimmy Jar Wars parade starring rollerblading Jimmy who has been coming to Coolspring for the past 19 years. Each class creates a banner for their student council members to carry in the parade.