Through fierce determination, a group of students from Clark-Moores Middle School donated over 300 items to the Madison County Animal Shelter.
The Giving Campaign grew out of a leadership project for the Gifted and Talented Program, which consists of sixth, seventh and eighth graders.
Over the past three weeks, the group has gathered food, toys, animal beds, leashes, cleaning supplies and more to donate to the animal shelter. All donations were collected and collected through the school.
“So basically she (Angie Hatterick, a gifted and talented Clark-Moores teacher) thought we could donate and we had three options. The animal shelter got the most votes. Personally, I didn’t. not voted for, but I think it’s a good cause. It was a lot of fun. It’s shocking how many people donated. One kid brought 50 necklaces. It was awesome, “said Tuesday Taylor Williams, a 14-year-old student.
The training has been a remarkable success so far.
Even the students were amazed at the amount of support they received.
“We are very impressed with the items that all of the students have brought. We donated over 300 items to the animal shelter. It would take a lot of money and courage to donate all the items we have. Each of us helped, ”said Reggie Camp, an 11-year-old student, of his classmates’ response.
Eighth grade students at the school donated the most items to the shelter, with a total of 202 donations collected. Twenty-nine articles were donated by seventh graders and 82 by sixth graders. In total, Clark-Moores students donated 313 items to the Madison County Animal Shelter.
According to the school’s teachers, the event was conducted entirely by gifted and talented program students.
Flyers specially designed for fundraising were produced by the students in Photoshop. Students also made daily intercom announcements in the morning and afternoon to remind the school of the car ride.
Even the boxes used to collect the items were made by the students.
Clark-Moores gifted and talented teacher Angie Hatterick said the initiative was a learning opportunity for her students.
“I hope each of these kids is the future. They are the future of their business. Maybe there are doctors or lawyers sitting in that room. If they want to fill these positions, they They have to have leadership qualities themselves. They have to learn to be leaders, “Hatterick said.
Despite this being the first year of the fundraising campaign, Hatterick said it won’t be the last.
Plans are in place to collect donations for a good cause each year during the holidays. The domestic violence survivors’ organization, Hope’s Wings, will likely be the beneficiary of the group’s efforts next year, Hatterick said.
According to the students, choosing which organization to support was a difficult decision. The students said they ultimately chose the animal shelter because many animals were left homeless due to the pandemic.
“Every day, animals starve without a home. They have nothing to eat and have no way to stock up on supplies. It’s good that the animal shelter can get supplies to help the dogs and the dogs. homeless cats, ”Cole Caldwell said of the student. motivations.
For the students, the whole experience was enriching.
“It is very gratifying to see all the donations that people have made and all that people are doing to help. It really brings out the good for humanity,” said Brylee Barrett, 13.
Kiera Rice said she hopes the student’s efforts inspire the community and adults to give back.
“I think older people – when they see young people taking the initiative to do all of these great things for the community and everything – we have to help them realize that it’s not only having an impact now, but also for the community. to come up. They can find the time off to donate, ”Rice said.