PTSA Hosts Petting Zoo Flex

Phoebe Taber, Heritage Photo Editor


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  • Arohan Shrestha ‘22 and Pranav Josyula ‘22 conversate as they pet the small animals. The event was run by the PTSA and Tiny Tails petting zoo. “It was fun, relaxing, and I love animals so that was an added bonus,” Josyula said.

  • Sitting with bunnies in their laps, Amia Nauls ‘24 and Quentin Ghelardini ‘24 pet the animals brought by Tiny Tails. “It was really fun, the bunny I had was very calm and very nice,” Ghelardini said. The bunnies were the most popular animal to hold.

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100 students lined up during Friday’s Fun Flex to take part in the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) petting zoo. Brought to Westwood by Central Texas based business, Tiny Tails, the petting zoo featured 14 animals that students could hold and pet. Creatures such as bunnies, guinea pigs, and even chickens were available in pens.

The event was created by PSTA student senior representatives, including Alleyah Forrister ‘22. 

“It was really popular when we did it two years ago,” Forrister said. “Then Covid hit and we didn’t have a lot of interactions that were sociable, so a lot of our PTSA meetings were online and they weren’t very good. We thought this was the best way to get people socially involved and make people happy. Everybody loves animals.” 

Two Tiny Tails members helped students interact with the animals. Parent PSTA volunteers were also present to help out.

“I really like to make kids have fun, and they seem to really be relating to the animals and enjoying their time in the pen,” PTSA President Melissa Hoskin said.

PTSA’s club Treat-Your-Self plans to continue to have events in the future.