The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Washingtonian magazine are asking kids for help in welcoming the Zoo’s elephants to their new Elephant Community Center. Elementary school-aged students in the Washington, D.C., metro area are invited to write letters to the elephants on one of the following topics and mail them to Washingtonian. Print out the cover sheet to include with your letter.
Washingtonian will post a selection of the most thoughtful and creative letters on the Washingtonian website beginning March 4, 2013. The Smithsonian will invite three letter-writers, one from each of three grade-level categories (kindergarten and first grade; second and third grades; and fourth, fifth and sixth grades), to the Zoo the morning of March 21, 2013. They and their families (parents and siblings) will get a sneak peek at the new Elephant Community Center, and they will get to read their letters to the elephants at a press event that morning. The students selected to come to the Zoo will have demonstrated in their letters creativity, imagination and the writing skills they are learning in school. They also will have demonstrated an effort to research the Zoo’s three elephants and the Zoo’s work with elephants under human care and in the wild.
Washingtonian will accept letters postmarked no later than March 11. Winners will be announced March 14 and will be invited to come to the Zoo the morning of March 21 (transportation will not be provided). Parents, guardians and teachers should remember to use the cover sheet and provide parental/guardian contact information so that the Zoo can invite the young letter writers to the event.
The Zoo’s new Elephant Community Center provides the Zoo’s elephants with ample space for socializing, training and playing, and gives visitors the chance to get an up-close view of these incredible animals. The Elephant Community Center opens to the public March 23.
Letters should be sent along with a completed cover sheet (Print out the cover sheet to include with your letter.) to:
1828 L St. N.W., Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20036