This Christmas, third grade students in Springview and Evergreen Elementary Schools are returning the unconditional love their pets give to them each day by offering love to the animals at Kent County’s Humane Society.
Mrs. Marla Chapin of Springview Elementary introduced the idea to her students before Thanksgiving with the hopes of creating excitement and raising awareness around the needs of animals without families. Instead of spending $3 on a traditional in-class gift exchange, students were invited to buy a gift for an orphaned animal in Kent County. Soon, all third grade classes in Allendale were on board and the project was underway!
“You should have seen the excitement on the children’s faces when we began discussing the idea! It’s a wonderful opportunity to underscore the importance of giving over receiving,” she said.
As items such as food, blankets, towels, and chew toys were collected, students were also able to look forward to a December 13 visit from the Kent Humane Society to learn more about their work as a non-profit organization.
Did you know that:
- The Kent County Humane Society cares for 3,000 – 7,000 homeless animals each year
- Over 250 animals were placed in homes last year alone
- Volunteers contribute over 1,200 hours a month to the care of animals at KCHS
- The “Kibble Connection” helps low income pet owners better care for their animals
- The KCHS offers camps for children and teens to come and experience work in the shelter; over 500 West Michigan kids went to a humane society camp in 2012
- The Kent Humane Society never turns away pets that are stray, neglected, abused, or unwanted, nor do they impose time limits on an animal’s stay.
- Roughly 6-8 million animals enter shelters across the United States each year, and only 25-35% ever find homes.
Third graders wrapped up their visit with the opportunity to ask questions and pet a bearded gecko and a bunny.
Thank you to those of you who were able to contribute to this project! The animals of Kent County are grateful!