Zanesville Boy Helps Endangered Animals

by Jennifer Bullock on March 17, 2012 at 5:57 am

A Zanesville boy is doing his part to make the world a better place…

11-year-old Johnny Shoemaker took a challenge from the Columbus Zoo and raised over 1,000 dollars in a conservation effort for sea turtles. Johnny’s mother Elaine Shoemaker said she couldn’t be prouder.

"He has always cared about other people and animals. And for him to actually do something where other people can see that he can make an impact and they can make an impact, it’s…He makes me proud," said Shoemaker.

The Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and the Roots and Shoots group partnered with Johnny to raise the money. A celebration was held at Trinity United Presbyterian Church Saturday. Family friend Amanda Allison said all kids should know what they’re capable of doing.

"Don’t think that just because you’re a little kid, that you can’t do something spectacular. Because this is one of the things that we really try to instill in them at Roots and Shoots is that you are young, most of the kids are 6, 7, 8 years old…But they’ve really made an impact in the community, they do a lot of projects," said Allison.

Columbus Zoo employees stopped by and gave a presentation on endangered animals.