Northeast students help furry friends
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Thu., Apr. 7, 2011
The student council at Northeast School wanted to make their community service project special, and since many of them had pets, they decided that doing something nice for animals would be a great endeavor to embark upon.
Ian, 11, a fifth-grader, said the group began by talking about things they could do to help the environment. They soon discovered that most of them were animal lovers, and that led to helping an animal shelter.
Ian said he and his family have two dogs and five cats.
The group then gave themselves the homework of researching local animal shelters to decide which one they would help, before deciding on the Vernon Animal Shelter.
“They sent us a list of things they needed—Milk Bones, dog food, cat food, toys,” Ian said.
The 16 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders advertised the drive to the rest of the school through posters they created and morning announcements they made.
“We made posters and hung them around the school which said which things were needed,” Ian said.
The group also made and decorated a large collection box for the items. Students from throughout the school brought in food, pet toys, cleaning supplies, blankets, and other items for the animals. At the end of the drive on April 1, the items completely covered a large classroom table, overflowing onto the floor.
“Some of the kids wrote little notes to the cats and dogs,” said teacher and student council advisor Erin Pelletier. “It’s really cute.”
The large collection of goods will soon be delivered by teachers to the shelter, and the students said they felt very good about the project.
“They were really surprised at how much we could raise,” Ian said. “I thought it was really cool that we got so much dog and cat food from one simple program.”
Pelletier said the student council typically takes on one large service project each year, but were contemplating another smaller project between now and the end of the school year, which could possibly be an extension of the animal drive.