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Rehoboth students collect items for animals

August 15, 2010
  • Jenny Braithwaite, a teacher at Rehoboth Learning Center, stands next to the items her students brought in to give to the animals at the shelter.
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Campers from the Rehoboth Learning Center recently participated in a community service project called "Ready to Lend a Hand."

The result was a large donation of much-needed pet supplies and donations to the Humane Society of Washington County.

The program was the brainchild of center teacher Jenny Braithwaite.

"I have designed the project to teach our children the impact they can have on their community," she said.

Focusing on how to bring the idea close to their hearts, Braithwaite had the project focus on animals. Helping with this was shelter volunteer coordinator Margaret Becker. Becker's presentation on the care of animals showed how the children could positively impact the lives of animals they come in contact with on a daily basis.

The students collected items for the shelter and held a car wash to collect donations. The result was an array of dog and cat food and toys and other items from the shelter's wish list.

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"These are the kinds of things we need," said Paul Miller, executive director of the shelter.

"These donations are a tremendous help to us but we are still in need of a number of items such as Pedigree Dog and Puppy food, Yesterday's News Cat litter, Tidy Cat/Generic clay litter and Purina Cat Chow."

The shelter is also in need cat and dog toys, especially kongs for dogs.

Anyone interested in donating items may bring them to the Humane Society at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Monetary donations can be made online at http://www.hswcmd.org. Call 301-733-2060 for information on animal- related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

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