Hanging out at the zoo. That’s what students, teachers, and parents from North Cross School were doing on Wednesday, October 30. It was the school’s 1st Annual Mill Mountain Day, presented by Hometown Bank, and according to David Lake, the Associate Director of Development at North Cross and organizer of the event, “it won’t be the last.” He continued, ”We had a great turnout this year, despite the rain and we hope to continue this for years to come.” The event is intended to raise money for North Cross and Mill Mountain Zoo, however it is also designed to raise awareness of the interesting things that are going on at both institutions. ”We want people to know that we’re more than just a school on Electric Road, we want to be a part of this community,” said Lake.
According to David Lake, it costs $1,500 a day to run the zoo. That’s why North Cross pledged to share 20% of the funds raised with Mill Mountain Zoo. “The goal of the school is to donate $5,000 to pay for at least two days worth of care at the zoo,” said Lake.
Mayor David Bowers attended the event and, according to David Lake, “spoke about how much he appreciates us being here for the zoo.” The mayor also added that he is greatful to North Cross for always being a part of the community. In addition to the mayor attending the event, students were given the chance to tour the zoo, treated to music by the choral program students who sang “Danny Boy,” and had a delicious lunch at the end.