Sherry Jackson writes, "For the past twenty-six years, Hollywild Animal Park in Wellford, South Carolina has opened up its 100-acre safari from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day for their annual Hollywild Lights Safari. This unique holiday experience allows visitors to drive through the open range area of the park with stops to feed the animals and motor past millions of dazzling holiday light displays. Money raised during the event goes to care for their resident animals throughout the year."
LHS Interact Club members Allie Levister (senior), John Levister (sophomore), Grayson Bateman (freshman), Skyler Wofford (senior), Trent Harvey (senior), and faculty advisor Sarah Manning headed to HollyWild after school on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The team assisted by replacing and installing new light bulbs on a few of the parks thousand light displays. Amidst the light installation the team had a fun opportunity to interact with many of the animals living at HollyWild. The crisp fall air brought the park to life with activity as all the animals came out in curiosity about what the team was doing. The team had more than a few laughs when discovering creative ways to install the lights (see pictures below).
"The holiday season is the perfect time to serve others... and service can come in the most unexpected ways. Installing Christmas lights at a safari park is new, but the other volunteers [at HollyWild] expressed what a big help it was in preparation for their big event. I'm so proud of these students and honored to lead this club," Ms. Manning shared.
We would like to express a special thanks to the LHS Journalism/Yearbook Class for coming along to take pictures for this project.