Ticonderoga Raegan Granger and Brayton Molina love pets, so when the Ticonderoga Elementary School students considered a community service project their thoughts immediately went to furry friends.
“We wanted to do something and were going to do a food drive for people,” Molina said. “Raegan said we should help animals. I said OK.”
The fourth grade friends organized and led a benefit that collected 73 food items that were donated to the North Country SPCA shelter in Westport.
They got approval from school administrators, created flyers, made posters and spoke to fellow students, creating a contest between each of Ti’s three fourth grade classes.
“It was a lot of work,” Granger said. “We had to talk to a lot of people, collect the food and we took it to the shelter.”
The response was good, they said.
“Most everyone brought in some food,” Molina said. “I think everyone likes animals.”
The trip to the shelter to deliver the food was a reward for the two pet lovers.
“We got to hold the cats,” Molina said of his shelter visit. “There were some pretty dogs there, too.”
“I think there were 50-60 cats and about nine dogs at the shelter,” Granger said. “We saw triplet kittens. They were all boys.”
The project left the students feeling good about themselves.
“I think some of the animals had been abused,” Molina said. “I’m glad were we able to help them. I feel good about it.”
“I feel really good,” Granger agreed. “There are a lot of animals that need our help. I’m glad were we able to help.”
Shari O’Bryan, their teacher, praised Granger and Molina.
“This was entirely their project,” O’Bryan said. “They meet with Mr. Donohue (Principal John Donohue) and did all the work. It became a very worthwhile community service project.”