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A trip to the Tulsa Zoo on Sunday was a learning experience for hundreds of foster children and thousands of high school students from across the state.

About 2,000 delegates from the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils’ 2011 State Convention were in the Tulsa area for the three-day event, which included a service day called Project iCare.

Delegates were paired up with more than 500 foster families and children from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services for a free day at the zoo.

For some of the children in foster care, it was their first trip to the zoo and for some of the student council delegates, it was the first time they interacted with children and families associated with DHS.

“I think the best thing about it has been the (student council) kids get exposure to the foster care system,” said Tammy Green, who brought her biological daughter Bailey and 18-month-old foster daughter Lexi to the iCare event.”They’ve spent the day with (Lexi) and see that she’s a normal, happy, healthy 18-month-old.”

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