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Student uses class assignment to help animals at shelter

May 20, 2009

When Kiera Moody received her class assignment from Salem Avenue Elementary School teacher Tyler Newcomer, she took it to heart. Literally. The result was a generous donation to the Humane Society of Washington County.

Fashioned after the movie "Pay It Forward," students were given the assignment to perform three random acts of kindness.

Kiera, 10, chose to donate items on the animal shelter's wish list. The items included bleach, dog and cat toys, peanut butter, pipe cleaners, Vienna sausages and catnip.

Julie Taylor, the shelter's customer service supervisor, accepted the donation.

"Kiera really took this assignment to heart and chose a variety of recipients for her kind acts," said Paul Miller, the shelter's executive director. "I am honored that she chose us to be one of her lucky recipients."

Kiera's mother, Dawn Moody, said the other two acts Kiera performed were to donate food to the food bank in Middletown, Md., where her grandparents live and to send a care package to a soldier in Iraq.

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The shelter is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2060, or go to www.hswcmd.org for more details.

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