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Clear Spring church school children raise money for shelter

July 24, 2008

CLEAR SPRING - Recently the church school children of St. John's United Church of Christ, Cumberland and Mill streets, held a Precious Paws Mission to benefit the Humane Society of Washington County.

Children from nursery school through high school participated in the project, headed by Melissa Mackley, wife of the Rev. Charles M. Mackley.

"The mission was a threefold project," she said, adding that the students worked together to make homemade dog biscuits for the dogs at the shelter on Maugansville Road.

They also hosted and judged a pet photo contest and provided a pet sitting service to members of the congregation.

For the cookie-making portion of the project, students and their helpers worked for two full days to mix, cut and bake over six big bags of tasty canine treats. With so many working so hard on the project, everyone involved was ultimately covered in flour.

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For the pet photo contest, children brought in photos of their pets and members of the congregation paid to place a vote for their favorites.

Hershey owned by Kourtney and Kerrington Gray; Comet owned by Kevin and Jacob Sherman; and Trigger owned by Chad Lowry.

All three winning photographs were of dogs.

For the last part of the project, students offered a pet sitting service to the congregation. For that month, students took care of pets while the owners were on vacation. After all their work on the three-part project, students presented a check for $250 to the shelter.

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