It’s a WRAP!, School on Wheels’ month long summer enrichment program at Salvation Army Barton Center has been a huge success. The kids are exploring the world through hands on educational and art activities that focus on Asia and Africa. So far it’s been a ton of fun!

As part of It’s a WRAP! the kids and families who live at Barton were treated to a trip to the Indianapolis Zoo earlier this week. Not only were they able to learn more about animals native to Asia and Africa, but they were able to explore lots of other animals and environments with their families and friends on this amazing field trip.

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Royal United Mortgage LLC, longtime partner of School on Wheels, made this wonderful opportunity possible. Employees at Royal United Mortgage selflessly donated to their charity program via a payroll deduction, which paid for transportation to the Zoo, admission, the dolphin show, and even lunch! Everyone on the field trip even got a really fun t-shirt.

Over 10 people from Royal United Mortgage’s Indianapolis office, a few School on Wheels staff chaperones, and nearly 30 children and some of their family members were able to attend. With so many adults in attendance, people were able to split up and explore in smaller groups so everyone got to see the animals they were most excited about.

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Everyone loved the orangutans. The giraffes were another crowd favorite. And of course the dolphin show was a hit. Even though some of our kiddos sat in the “splash zone,” they didn’t get as wet as they wanted!

The kids weren’t the only ones who had a blast. The families of our kids did too. A grandmother came along and said to one of our staff members, “This was the best day, Karen. I never get the chance to do things like this with my teenaged grandchildren, so I loved it. We laughed so hard today – it was wonderful.”

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We can’t even begin to express our appreciation for partners like Royal United Mortgage LLC who support us financially as a corporation, encourage their employees to invest their time in our mission, and offer opportunities for their employees to donate to make really exciting opportunities for our children possible. Because of Royal United Mortgage LLC, our kids at Salvation Army Barton Center had a true summer adventure they’ll never forget. Thank you!