Fall Festival Brings Together Holly Springs School and Big Cat Wildlife Sanctuary

A Holly Springs school is using its annual fundraiser to partner with a big cat rescue center and wildlife sanctuary to educate children, parents and local businesses about the plight of the large predators.

Online PR News – 03-October-2012 – Holly Springs, NC – The New School Montessori Center is hosting its second annual festival Friday, October 26, at its location on Sunset Lake Road, Holly Springs. Scheduled from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., admission is $5 for adults over 18, or $12 for children ages 2 to 17. Admission is free for children two and under. Free parking is available.

The theme of this year’s festival is big cats. In light of the theme, the New School’s “To the Rescue” festival is partnering with the big cat rescue and wildlife sanctuary organization, Carolina Tiger Rescue. The annual fundraiser will donate a portion of the festival proceeds to Carolina Tiger Rescue. The festival will feature an exhibit by the rescue organization, with an emphasis on conservation of these charismatic and majestic animals.

Why big cats? Children of all ages are fascinated by them and big cats are among the world’s most endangered species. The New School’s Program Director, Julie Schroer, emphasizes how the festival theme connects with the school’s mission. “We strive to foster a love of nature and a sense of individual and global responsibility in our children. Teaching them about global issues such as endangered big cats and empowering children with the knowledge they need to have an impact is an essential part of their development,” she said.

In addition to the Carolina Tiger Rescue exhibit, each class will present the results of its research into their selected big cat at the school’s booth at the festival. But at its heart, the festival is a celebration of the wonder and beauty of our natural world. “While big cat conservation is an important topic,” said Ms. Schroer, “It’s important to have a positive message to encourage interest in these beautiful creatures, so we want to celebrate big cats as part of our fall festival.” Indeed, the event will have a carnival atmosphere with live music, a magician, vendor booths, monster slides, a festival dinner, a bake sale and raffle.

Besides admission fees to help their worthy cause, the school has enjoyed sponsorship from local businesses. “The festival is a great opportunity for local businesses to show that they care not only about our community, but about the wider world as well,” Ms. Schroer said. “We are so excited by this partnership with Carolina Tiger Rescue. Every one can play their part, this is not just about the school, but about our community and its role in making a difference to create a world that is better for our children and for the wild animals that excite and inspire them.”

About The New School Montessori Center
The New School Montessori Center is a non-profit private school located in Holly Springs, North Carolina. A full member of the American Montessori Society, the school has been serving southern Wake County since 1984, providing an exceptional, holistic educational experience that combines the Montessori philosophy with the latest pedagogical research. For more information, call 919-303-3636 or visit www.montessoricenter.org

About Carolina Tiger Rescue
Carolina Tiger Rescue is a nonprofit organization located in Pittsboro, N.C. The 55-acre sanctuary is home to 70 animals, including tigers, ocelots, binturongs, and more. Carolina Tiger Rescue provides a home for a variety of carnivores, mainly wild cats, as well as conservation education for the public through tours, community presentations and exhibits. For more information, call 919-542-4684 or visit CarolinaTigerRescue.org

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