Twenty years ago, 70,000 school children from all over Brevard County were given the opportunity to make a brick that would be part of the walkway of Brevard Zoo.
photo taken and go home with a memento to commemorate having a brick. Regular admission rates apply.
From that point on, bricks were being made each day throughout the county at as many as six locations at one time. Initials, names or images were drawn in the wet concrete, and some schools used a small tile to help identify their school.
A foreman, along with team leaders Omega Seamaster Blue and volunteers, were assigned with the task of smoothing out base sand for the walkways.
Soon, the first Community Build days were upon us.
No sooner were the brick making materials delivered than CEMEX forklifts and trucks would have to return to pick up as many as 1,200 bricks, all palletized and ready to be delivered to the zoo.
Scheduling of materials, equipment and brick volunteers was tenuous and nerve wracking.
Bricks have been used all throughout the zoo, including behind the scenes areas. In fact, memory bricks and brick making T shirts were among the first zoo fundraisers.
These bricks were a special part of the foundation that built the zoo. As time has passed, the bricks remain and continue to line the paths around the zoo for all to see.
Individual bricks were placed side by side with a gap between each to allow sand to be washed in between.
the foundation of the zoo.
Children's bricks laid Brevard Zoo's foundation
Challenged with the task of developing a design, formula, technique and scope for the project, it all started in a garage on Merritt Island, much like how the Wright Brothers and Microsoft started.
Brick making sometimes spanned four days, with as many as 400 a day being made. The formula was basic, and the tools needed were simple: 12 inch wooden rulers and potato mashers.
The first group of students to test the brick making process was a class of 18 from Anderson Elementary. The teacher was Hilah Mercer. The next brick making event was at St. Marks Academy in Omega Watches Antique
Did you make a brick for the Zoo way back when? Come and explore the zoo to hunt for your brick. Have a complimentary Omega Seamaster Chronograph
It has been said, "It takes a village to raise a child," but in Brevard Zoo's case, it took 70,000 children to help make Omega Seamaster 562
Cocoa, where more than 100 bricks were made.
This was the driving force behind the Brick Program for the Zoo, to have all school age children in Brevard County make a brick and then visit the zoo in later years to share their accomplishment with children, parents and grandparents.
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