The photography club at East Jessamine High School came out on top in a national community-service-project contest with a video about Jessamine County's Primate Rescue Center.
The contest was sponsored by True Hero, an organization that awards money for community-service projects performed by high-school students. The students will donate $1,000 of the $3,000 prize back to the Primate Rescue Center.
East High teacher Gina Lyons, who also volunteers at the rescue center, teamed up with teacher Lindsey Mulcahy and the photography club to create the video about the sanctuary that will be used for educational outreach.
The video tells the story of the unification of two chimpanzee groups as well as the rescue stories of about a dozen monkeys.
“The East Jessamine students demonstrated professionalism and commitment to this project,” said April Truitt, the center's director. “We’re always looking for new ways to spread the word about the illegal exotic-animal trade and why people shouldn’t own primates. This new DVD is a nice addition to our educational outreach.”
For more information about PRC, visit www.primaterescue.org.
For more information about the True Hero Organization, visit www.truehero.org