JACKSON, Miss.- The Jackson Zoo received a $7,500 grant from The West Jackson Rotary Club Tuesday to purchase new technology equipment for the zoo’s Wild Learning program.
The zoo will purchase equipment like an interactive SmartBoard, tablets and computers to help enrich educational learning opportunities for students who visit the zoo through Wild Learning.
The Zoo’s Director of Major Gifts and Annual Fund, Josh Friedel presented the grant application to the West Jackson Rotary Club and they submitted it to the Rotary Club District 6820. This district is comprised of 44 rotary clubs in Central Mississippi. District Governor Paul Bucurel approved the grant for the $7,500.00 technological enhancement for the Wild Learning program.
Wild Learning is an educational program that has previously been in place at the Jackson Zoo and is currently being underwritten by corporate partners. Wild Learning offers opportunities to low income households and diverse ethnicities that do not have the means to visit the zoo. The program provides free admission and transportation to these students.
“Breaking new ground through the use of technology will enhance learning capabilities for all students who participate in the Wild Learning program,” Friedel said.
This is the first grant that has been designated toward technology advancement for the Zoo’s Education Department.