Posted by: classroomcentral 5 years, 11 months ago


Yesterday was a wild day at the WSOC #SchoolTools kickoff at the Wells Fargo Atrium.

Natalie, Blair, Drex & Maney

First of all, it was just a fun event in support of the annual campaign which aids Classroom Central and Communities in Schools (for more info, see one of our previous blog posts). But beyond the excitement of local celebs Natalie Pasquarella, Blair Miller, and Drex & Maney being there in support of the mission, we had some special guests from the animal kingdom who helped out in a big way.

Discovery Place brought some of their feature exhibit friends.  For those who donated school supplies, they got to meet Mable, the Chilean Rose tarantula, and Baller, the ball python. These animals are part of the Discovery Place exhibits, but took a day off to come support #SchoolTools!

First time a tarantula has officially supported #School Tools!


Thanks for coming, Baller

Beyond our real wild animals, we were overwhelmed with support by Blue and Chubby, the mascots of the Charlotte Hounds and Charlotte Checkers. Chubby and Blue, along with their teams, stood on the corner of Trade and Tryon from 11AM-1PM on Thursday to collect supplies for Classroom Central.  Checkers & Hounds fans provided TWO barrels for Classroom Central!


We captured this video of them bringing their items to the WellsFargo Atrium:

Also, special thanks to official #SchoolTools sponsors Showmars & Ashley Furniture for hosting booths and giveaways as well as supporters Kiss 95.1 & Social Media Charlotte for their help promoting the cause.

It’s not to late to host a supply drive in support of Classroom Central and #SchoolTools.  Visit our website to learn more.

For more images from the #SchoolTools campaign, visit the Classroom Central Flickr Page.

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