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Wayne Post
  • GUEST ESSAY: Honor Amanda’s memory by helping Seneca Park Zoo

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  • We lost our dear Amanda last Dec. 4 in a terrible car accident. Amanda was a bright, 25-year-old who had accomplished so much in such a short time. She loved God, kids and penguins. The day of the accident she had just finished her master’s program at Nazareth College. Amanda’s undergrad certification was in elementary education, as well as in special ed from Geneseo.
    But wanting to connect even more with her students, she pursued a master’s degree in information technology. Amanda was special. Everyone thinks their child is special, but if you talk to anyone who knew her, they would agree. Amanda loved to teach and always seemed to include a lesson about penguins. She knew who needed a little more attention or encouragement, and was praised many times by parents of her students for taking the extra time with their child. Our hearts are broken, but we are trying to do things that will honor her and are now asking for your help.
    We contacted the Seneca Park Zoo soon after her passing to figure out a way to honor Amanda. We thought what little she had in her savings account should go to her friends at the zoo. If any of you have a struggling graduate student who loves to shop, you know there wasn’t much money. Unexpectedly, we were not just another person with a check. The staff at the Seneca Park Zoo Society cared. We were asked about Amanda, and they took the time to listen and work with us to make sure our donation would go toward honoring Amanda. The zoo society proposed where the funds should be used, and then we were asked if their proposals were acceptable. The way they have handled this donation has proven to us they are the hidden gem in Rochester that no one talks about.
    We feel that Amanda loved penguins because they were like the kids she loved to be around; the ones someone else might overlook. With your help, we hope many kids will get a chance to visit the zoo and Amanda’s penguins. We have requested that these funds be earmarked for where they are needed most. We know that is what Amanda would want. We request you share this information with your friends and family and, if you are able, make a donation to Amanda’s penguins. Please know that no donation is too small, because every dollar will be put to a good use.
    Please make donations to: Seneca Park Zoo Society, 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester, NY 14621. Put “Amanda’s penguins” on the check memo line. Donations may also be made by phone at (585) 336-7212, specifying “for Amanda’s penguins.”
    Bill and Karen Crow are Amanda’s parents, and they live in Canandaigua. Billy Crow is Amanda’s brother.
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