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January 18, 2013

PET PROJECT: Maple Elementary students give money to animal shelter

JEFFERSONVILLE — Sick animals got a little boost from some elementary students who want them to get better.

Maple Elementary School’s student council presented a check for $116.80 to the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter on Thursday. Students raised the money by decorating candy canes like reindeer and selling them to other classes and school staff.

Sarah Green, the shelter’s director, and Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore visited the school to get the check and thank the students for their work.

Green said it’s nice to see children think about the animals that don’t have owners and need support from the community.

“It’s great to see a generation appreciating the fact that there are animals in need and wanting to help,” Green said. “It makes me optimistic about the next generation and the treatment and care of animals. It’s really great to see. I don’t think kids think about that sometimes or know about the shelter and to come up with that on their own is great.”

Green said the money will be used to cover some medical expenses for sick animals at the shelter.

Greta Reel, a fifth-grader at the school, said she and her friends wanted to give to the shelter because some of the animals there need help from people.

“We like animals and we thought it would be a good idea,” Reel said. “It feels pretty good. I’m glad these animals will be able to get better.”

Heather Hall, a fifth-grade teacher and student council sponsor at the school, said her students sold 255 of the candy canes at 50 cents each.

She said while her students raised a modest amount of money, she’s proud to see them come together for a cause they all believe in.

“I just think it’s really amazing because we have a very small enrollment,” Hall said. “Our school has a high poverty level with high free and reduced lunch. We may not raise the most money in the district, but the money we raise really comes from the heart.”

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