California Eighth-Graders Collect Supplies for Humane Society Silicon Valley
What a lovely girl and good classmates!
Thanks to the San Jose Mercury News for this uplifting news!
It was the dog days of December at Los Gatos middle school
By Emilie Doolittle
Los Gatos Weekly-Times
Article Launched: 12/26/2007
Eighth-graders Ellen Czinski and Amy Levine ran around Fisher Middle School collecting blankets, dog food, toys and other pet supplies from boxes after school. They were collecting supplies for the Humane Society Holiday Drive.
Ellen came up with the idea while watching a special on the Animal Planet television network. When she saw many animals stuck in cold cages at animal shelters, she decided to help. On her own, she looked up Humane Society Silicon Valley online and called them to set up the program. She talked with her principal, Lisa Fraser, who supported the on-campus drive. Then she talked with leadership teacher Cara Appleton, who got her students to post banners and boxes around campus to collect pet products. Ellen also talked about the Dec. 3-21 drive during the morning announcements at the school.
"Ellen is a caring student who developed a plan for community service," said Appleton. "She was very responsible in following through in making her project successful, and we are very proud of her."
"Randomly, Ellen came over to our table of friends and was like,'Who wants to help me with this drive?' " said Amy.
Amy volunteered to make a flier for Ellen and together they posted it around campus.
Amy had wanted to help animals before, but found that she was too young to volunteer on her own at most animal shelters. The Humane Society Holiday Drive was a way for her to help out.
"There's not really an age limit to this because
it's really just people donating," said Ellen.
At first Ellen was nervous about starting the animal supplies program. She worried that her classmates would think it was stupid. However, she collected far more supplies than she expected - enough to fill a small car.
"I feel like I can really do something good," she said.