Students from George Nettels Elementary School in Pittsburg donated almost $900 to the Southeast Kansas Humane Society Tuesday.
Fifth-grader Grace Kafka presented the check to Melissa Glor, animal welfare director at the shelter, and said the school had raised a total of $899.15.
Part of that was given in the form of a check, and part was used to purchase supplies needed.
“I hope all the stuff we bought helps the humane society,” Kafka said, adding that the project was enjoyable.
“We thank you guys,” Glor said. “All this helps every animal in the shelter a lot.”
Kelly Schaub, a kindergarten teacher at Nettels, said the students decided to make supporting the humane society their big project for the year.
Schaub said they did so with a coin drive around St. Patrick’s Day, in hopes of having a “pot of gold” to give to the humane society.
“They really put a lot of effort into going around and collecting the money and making the posters,” Schaub said.
Schaub and teacher Katie Shanholtzer worked closely with the fundraiser, and with five of the girls who spent their final recess each day for two weeks counting the coins.
“It was fun,” said fifth-grader Carmen Kent, adding that it was an effort between friends.
Kent said most of what came in was coins, and it made for a heavy load.
“We had it all in a cheese puff thing and we couldn’t carry it,” Kent said.
They said they had to have help to get the jar of coins out of the school and to the bank.
“I’m surprised that we raised almost $900,” Kafka said.
“It was pretty fun,” she added.
Page 2 of 2 - Schaub said some of the students went to Walmart and spent part of the money on supplies needed for the shelter, and the rest was donated via the check.
Glor said donations are always appreciated, and said supplies such as bleach, floor cleaner and laundry detergent are always needed.
She also answered student questions about the operational procedures at the shelter.
Students asked what happens when the animal arrives, and Glor said animals are looked over, they find out how old the animal is, whether it is spayed or neutered and they evaluate its temperament.
She said the shelter is generally at capacity and has hundreds of animals come through each year.