Greenbrier students collect for animal shelter

December 05, 2008

Students in Linda Forrest's enrichment groups at Greenbrier Elementary recently held two collection drives to raise money for their Collect to Protect project aimed at helping animals.

The fifth-graders from Brenda Vaughn's and Jane Muse's classes worked together in Forrest's enrichment group to design and present the project to Principal Elaine Semler for approval. They then executed the project separately and competed to raise the most money. The project was undertaken in two phases: the first a tab drive in which they collected 84,000 aluminum tabs; and the second a penny drive, in which they collected $398.

Students chose to "adopt" an arctic fox from the World Wildlife Fund and to donate the remainder of the money to the Humane Society of Washington County.

Students Katie Muse and William Kuehl asked for donations instead of birthday presents and donated the money to the project. The wining class received a pizza party.


Forrest is planning to purchase a tree in the spring and plant it on school grounds in honor of the project. Students will also be helping local squirrels and birds by putting peanut butter on pine cones this month.

On Nov. 24, Forrest and students Samantha Smith, Sydney Stotler, Katie Muse and Allison Cline presented a check for $250 to Paul Miller, executive director at the Humane Society of Washington County.

"We are honored to receive this donation," Miller said.

"This was a big undertaking for the students and they really did a great job."

The Humane Society of Washington County is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Go to on the Web for information on animal- related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

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