Elementary children rally to support animal shelter
Photo and story by Clarke Davis
The children raised the money through an effort they called “Pennies for Pets.” The various classes held a competition to see which one could raise the most money. First place went to the kindergarten class that raised $229, more than $80 over second place, the third grade, which raised $143.
Accepting the money on behalf of the humane society were Sherry Ross, a board member, and Sandy Harvey, a volunteer. They brought along Bristol, a 3-year-old female dog looking for a home.
Principal Wes Sturgeon said the idea for the contest came from three third-graders, Josie Dove, Taylor Zwygart, and Kierstyn Sutton.
Sturgeon starts each morning with an announcement and includes “Words of Wisdom.” The morning that he quoted President John Kennedy when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country,” he was soon confronted by the third-graders.
“They really took it to heart,” the principal said. “They knew exactly what they wanted to do and had already started to collect some money.”
The check presentation took place during the school’s monthly celebration assembly when birthdays are recognized and other small achievements applauded.
The humane society currently houses 47 dogs and 62 cats at the shelter south of Valley Falls.
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