SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – ‘Dunlop,’ a 24-year-old African Penguin, and his friends Taylor Hartl and Jennifer Lengares-Meyer from Jenkinson’s Aquarium visited Franklin Elementary School on Feb. 7.

During a special assembly, Hartl, an interpreter, and Lengares-Meyer, an animal keeper, spoke to the students about the four different types of penguins, where they live, how fast they swim, and what they eat, among other topics. Students also had the opportunity to ask questions, with many curious to know if penguins would make good pets and how long they live. Part of the bird family, penguins, however, do not fly and students got to see ‘Dunlop’ waddle his way around the school gymnasium.

”This assembly is part of our science program and promotes the understanding of animals and their habitats," said Franklin Principal Ralph Errico. "Our two speakers from Jenkinson’s, Taylor and Jennifer, were great with our students. They explained the types of Penguins, the climate they live in, and their temperament. Many of our students knew the answers the presenters posed."

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The PTO-sponsored penguin assembly is held each year for first grade classes. This year, it was also offered to the preschoolers as well as the fourth graders whose penguin visit was canceled three years ago due to snow. 

“I would like to thank our PTO for providing this assembly over the years and to Jenkinson’s for being so student-friendly and allowing our students to have a great experience,” added Errico.

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