I think this is cool. A teacher from the Macdonough Elementary School just north of Wesleyan has begun a fundraising campaign to take her class of K-2 students on a field trip. She is raising money for her students to go visit the Bronx Zoo, a trip that would intersect with their literacy and science units.
The way this particular donation site works is that lots of small donations really help build visibility. So you could give $1 – $5 and help get Macdonough more visibility! As Ms. Currier says, “Demographics do not have to equal destiny. Together, I know we can make a difference for kids who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. This field trip will mean the world to them as we let the zoo capture their hearts.” Check out the campaign!
How about a little tropical flair to warm up your winter-like Spring Break?
Annie Shepard ’09 is the founder and main mamacita of the fashion photography website Neon Mamacita, and her latest project is a fabulous photoshoot featuring none other than Harry Hanson ’12. With photographer Aaron Colussi, they dressed Hanson in a pretty spot-on spoof/homage of Brazilian film and stage actress and singer Carmen Miranda— well, if Miranda had a beard. The bright surroundings are courtesy of the Bronx Zoo, where I’m sure random passerby gave a few confused stares at the trio before continuing on their merry way.
That signature tutti-frutti hat, which you have most definitely seen before, was famously part of Miranda’s outfit in the trippy, bizarre, but sort of awesome 1943 Busby Berkeley-choreographed musical, The Gang is All Here. And notably, her image was also co-opted for the weirdly colonialist and male-gaze-tastic “Chiquita Banana” commercials (which rhyme “equator” with “refrigerator” in a tune sung by Miranda, who plays the role of an animated banana. It’s so perfectly 1940s).
Sorry everyone, but the WSA and Animal Studies sponsored trip to the Bronx Zoo is full! More than enough people have already emailed the WSA since registration opened at 9PM tonight.
If you still want to hang out on April 22nd though, don’t worry. Movie Night on Foss is still on, and everyone can come to that.