Zulily visits Doe Run Elementary

By on October 4, 2017

They were ‘Back to School Picture Day’ contest winner

Doe Run Elementary School students had a fun “Back to School Picture Day” on Sept. 27, thanks to Zulily. Doe Run was the winner of a contest sponsored by the online retailer.

Teacher Duane Foltz shows his support of the Philadelphia Eagles. (Photos by Rochelle Shenk)


One of Zulily’s staff members prepares third grade student Everett Lindberg to have his picture taken during the photoshoot.

The school’s two LGI areas were transformed into temporary photo studios. Students and teachers were invited to “strike a pose” for Zulily’s photographers and stylists, who traveled from the company’s headquarters in Seattle, Wash., for the event. Each of the 735 students in grades K to four were encouraged to give photographers a happy face and then a goofy face. An assembly kicked off the morning’s event. Students visited the LGI areas by class, and as they waited their turn a number of students practiced their goofy face poses.

“It was the most fun we’ve had so far,” said third grade student Everett Lindberg,”When I made my goofy face, I was thinking of something silly.”

Teachers even got into the action. After striking a serious pose, teacher Duane Foltz showed his support of the Philadelphia Eagles by posing with an Eagles “helmet.”

Amelia Boomer, project manager/marketing creative, said the Zulily photographers and stylists also enjoyed the visit to the school.

Doe Run student Arden Kendall shows off her “silly face” during the Zulily photoshoot. (Photos by Rochelle Shenk)

“They’re used to working with kids since they do the photoshoots for our product marketing,” she said. “But this was a bit different, and they encouraged the students to enjoy the photoshoot.”

In addition to the photoshoot, Zulily presented the school with a $1,500 gift certificate.

“We know that teachers spend on average $500 for supplies from their own pockets to outfit their classrooms,” said Boomer. “We want to help defray some of that cost.”

Boomer said back-to-school is a big shopping time for parents, and Zulily as a retailer.

“We’re happy to provide something special for our customers,” she said.

Doe Run was nominated by Jennifer Campbell, whose two children, Lucas and Nora, are students there this year. Campbell is also Manheim Central High School teacher. She was shopping on the Zulily site and saw information about the contest.

“With the sudden shut down of the old Doe Run (for structural deficiencies in Oct. 2014) and being in the former middle school for nearly two-and-a-half years, these kids have been through a lot,” Campbell explained. “They have a brand new school, so the photo shoot is a nice way to celebrate not only the new school but also the students and our community.”

LGI rooms turned into studios at Doe Run Elementary.

Campbell said once she nominated Doe Run and it was selected as one of eight finalists, she mounted a Facebook campaign to encourage people to vote for the Manheim Central school.

“The other seven schools had great stories, too, but our community really came together to support Doe Run in the contest,” she said.

“It’s always fun to win,” said Doe Run Principal Art Paynter. “Winning this contest speaks volumes about our school and our community.”

Zulily took this photo of Jennifer Campbell and her son, Lucas. Campbell nominated Doe Run Elementary School to win the contest. Jennifer is a teacher at Manheim Central High School. (Photo by Zulily)

“The kids had way more fun with this photoshoot than they do during our school picture day,” he added.

Photos from the Zulily photo shoot are being sent to the school for distribution to parents.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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