Seaford Harbor Elementary School students know that there are a lot of animals just waiting to be adopted, so they want to make life a little better for cats and dogs who haven’t yet found their new home. The student council recently hosted its inaugural Paws for a Cause drive, collecting pet food, toys and beds for animals at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh.
To generate excitement and encourage donations, the drive was turned into a competition with a prize for the winning grade level. The fifth grade won, with students contributing 80 items to Paws for a Cause. Student council adviser Kerry Hansen said that donations from all six grade levels totaled nearly 250 items.
As its prize, the fifth grade was treated to an assembly with representatives from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, who introduced students to service dogs. Ms. Hansen said that the idea for the animal supply drive came from PTA volunteer Vanessa Krussman, with second grade teacher Deirdre Baldassarre coordinating the visit from the animal shelter. In January, student council members will travel there to take a tour of facility.
Student council secretary Hayden Lowinger, who has two dogs, said she hopes that people will adopt the pets available at the shelter and noted research she did that shows that people with pets are happier.
Photo caption: Seaford Harbor Elementary School student council members, from left, Mikey Kofod, Hayden Lowinger and Ryan Isola showed some of the donations from the Paws for a Cause pet supply drive.
Photo courtesy of the Seaford School District