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Students collect food for animal shelter, Salvation Army

Washington Elementary second-grade students clutch their stuffed animals as they listen to a member of the Friends of Animals talk about how to take care of pets. In observance of the 100th day of the school year, students collected 100 pounds of food and supplies for the FOA shelter, as well as 100 cans of food for the Salvation Army. Contributed Photo

Local elementary students are learning first hand about how they can help others in need.

“In an effort to teach our children at Washington Elementary about the importance of helping others,” explained Washington Elementary teacher Leanne Schmidt, “for the 100th day of school each second-grade classroom collected 100 pounds of food/supplies for Friends of Animals and 100 cans of food for the Salvation Army.
Then, on the 100th day of the school year, representatives of the FOA and the Salvation Army visited Washington’s second-grade classrooms and discussed how they use the supplies, as well as demonstrated to the students how to care for their pets.

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In addition, the group of students used a portion of their box top money to help Special Olympics. Each child purchased a paw print and wrote his or her name on it. These were displayed at US Bank as a promotion for the Polar Bear Plunge, and all money raised went towards helping those with special needs compete in their own Olympics.