Specsavers in Airdrie and Coatbridge have teamed up with ZooLab UK to offer local primary schools the chance to win a unique animal handling experience.

Hands-on le

ZooLab workshops allow youngsters to get up close and personal with an array of exotic creatures while learning about their ecosystems and habitat. The programme offered to schools is developed to tie in with the national curriculum and offers a real hands-on learning experience with a trained ZooLab ranger.

Youngsters can see, touch and handle animals, such as a African land snail, Madagascar hissing cockroach, cornsnake, cane toad, emperor scorpion, Caribbean hermit crab or Chilean rose tarantula. Along with animal handling, school kids are taught the importance of looking after their own senses by Specsavers opticians.

Interactive workshops

Janice Dornan, optical assistant and in-store merchandiser at Specsavers, organised the competition. She said: ‘We love the concept of these sensory workshops and think it’s a great way for kids to learn about science and their own senses, as they play such a crucial part in children’s education.

'Rather than picking two local schools at random we thought it would be great to launch a competition in the community. The kids can get involved by nominating their school to win the chance to welcome an array of exotic creatures into the classroom for a day.

‘Entrants can be as creative as they like with nominations - we can’t wait to read all the entries.’

How to enter

To nominate a school, all you have to do is tell Specsavers why your class deserves to win this unique learning experience in the form of a short story, letter or poem. Drop entries into either Specsavers Airdrie, on Graham Street, or the newly opened Specsavers superstore on Coatbridge Main Street.

Both stores will accept entries up until the competition closing date of Sunday 1 May.

Two schools will be picked as winners, one local to each town, and will be contacted shortly after the closing date. If no specific class is nominated from the winning school it will be up to the Head Teacher to pick the most suitable class for this sensory workshop.

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