Sweet Tart is a five-month-old black pug mix with big eyes and a friendly demeanor. And now, thanks to students at C.R. Weeks Elementary School, she and her roommates at the Broome County Humane Society are $303 richer.
Weeks Student Council ran a donation drive which raised the money as well as supplies during the month of February. Council members presented a check and the supplies to Kim Broderick of the BC Humane Society during the school’s Character Kingdom assembly.
“It makes me feel happy,” said Student Council Treasurer Ryan Waddell.
“It feels really nice,” said Student Council President Lizzy Hopkins.
The students raised the money by soliciting donations from relatives and selling chocolate bars in the school. Weeks students were happy to help the animals, but….
“They wanted the chocolate bars,” said Waddell.
“Yeah, they really wanted the candy,” said Hopkins.
Whatever the motivation behind the donation, the gift will help the dozens of dogs and cats at the shelter.
“It’s great. I have so much fun coming out to all the schools. They’re so enthusiastic. They love helping the animals. This is a chance for them to see some of the animals they help,” said Broderick.
The donation comes at a critical time of year. The onset of spring means an uptick in mating for cats.
“We’re getting ready to gear up for kitten season. We’ll need cat chow and kitten show,” said Broderick. “That’s in addition to our biggies: paper towel, bleach, anything to clean with.”
Hopkins says Student Council may do another fundraiser before the school year ends, possibly an Alex’s Lemonade Stand to help raise money to fight childhood cancer.