MHS students help furry friends

Published 11:40 am Friday, September 28, 2018

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

Maplesville High School students in kindergarten through sixth grade presented donations to the Humane Society of Chilton County on Sept. 27.

The project was the first for students to complete through their house program.

Students were divided into houses (teams) at the beginning of the school year. Each house competes to earn the most points for acts of kindness. Coordinator and MHS teacher Brittany Yeargan said the main purpose of implementing the house program this year was to emphasize to students the importance of helping others and giving back to community organizations.

“They were able to bring in the items for two points for their house,” Yeargan said.

A list of needed supplies had been received from the Humane Society, and students brought in several boxes worth of items off the list.

Animal Shelter director Jennifer Fesmire said the donation came at a good time.

“We’re running low on (cat and dog) food,” Fesmire said.

She said the organization has had to purchase it for the past few months.

“Not having to purchase it will really help,” Fesmire said.

She said the funds they save can be put toward medical care for shelter animals and the spay/neuter program.

The Humane Society had also been about to run out of paper towels. There were several packs in the donation.

“This will help so much,” Fesmire said.

Additional donated items were cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, leashes and collars. Fesmire said the laundry detergent will be helpful in cleaning towels, blankets and animals’ bedding.

“It’s amazing they were able to pull all this together,” Fesmire said.

Humane Society Board President Lee Helms agreed.

“It’s outstanding,” Helms said.

He said it was evident that every elementary student participated in the project.