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FORIMMEDIATERELEASE Contact: MarcyDean,ExecutiveDirector


March23,2017 5743404090
mdean@potawatomizoo.org

PotawatomiZoologicalSocietyhasreceivedaCommunityInvestmentgrantawardfor
$15,000fromtheCommunityFoundationofElkhartCounty

ELKHART,Ind.TheCommunityFoundationofElkhartCountyhasawardedPotawatomiZooanawardof
$15,000forits2017EducationalAssistanceProgramawardcycle.

TheawardwillhelpPotawatomiZooofferElkhartCountySchools,thatmaynototherwisebeabletoattenddue
tofunding,theopportunitytodevelopincreasedskillsinobservation,interpretationandglobalthinkingthrough
enrichingfieldtrips.Throughthiseffort,PotawatomiZooseekstosupportElkhartCountyeducatorsinthe
classroombytransformingstudentideasabouttheworldaroundthem.Zoosaretrusted,welcomingplaces
wherechildrencanmakediscoveries,deepeninterests,andconnecttheirnaturalcuriositytothewiderworld
developingtheskillsneededforalifetimeoflearning.AZAaccreditedaquariumsandzoosarevitalpartnerswith
formalschoolprogramsandorganizations.Togetherwecanprovideenrichinglearningexperiencesforthe
childreninElkhartCountythroughfieldtripopportunities.

WebelievethatPotawatomiZooisanotherexcellentexampleofourmissiontoimprovethequalityoflifein
ElkhartCountybyinspiringgenerosity,saidPeteMcCown,presidentoftheCommunityFoundation.Weare
pleasedwithwhattheyvepresentedtousandweexpectthemtobesuccessfulintheirefforts.PotawatomiZoo
isanothervitallinkinthechainofnonprofitentitiesthatareimprovingourqualityoflifeinElkhartCounty.

ThesupportoftheCommunityFoundationofElkhartCountyCommunityInvestmentGrantwillbeanintegral
partofsustainingoursuccessinconnectingyoungmindstonaturein2017,andwelookforwardtothe
opportunitytobroadentheseconnectionstothenaturalworldnow,andintheyearstocome.saidDanielle
McCausland,developmentmanagerandprogramadministrator.

ElkhartCountyschoolsmayreviewdetailsoftheprogramanddownloadascholarshipapplicationforsubmission
attheZooswebsitehttps://www.potawatomizoo.org/visitpotawatomizooedzoocation/fieldtrips

AccreditedbytheAssociationofZoosandAquariums,PotawatomiZooexceedsthestandardsforZoosinanimal
careandqualityoflife,conservationandeducationprograms.Formoreinformation,goto
www.potawatomizoo.orgorcall574.288.4639.

AbouttheCommunityFoundationofElkhartCounty.
Inmorethan25yearsofservice,theCommunityFoundationofElkhartCountyhasdevelopedover$235million
inassetswith350plusendowedfunds.Ithasawardedmorethan$62millioningrants.Itsstatedmissionisto
improvethequalityoflifeinElkhartCountybyinspiringgenerosity.

Formoreinformation,visitInspiringGood.org.

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