Lincolnshire students help humane society

May 02, 2012
  • Holding a check for the Humane Society of Washington County are Lincolnshire Elementary School students, from left, Carly, Kameron, Monica, Molly, Evette and Aaryan. Not pictured: Marly.
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Students in Lincolnshire Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Ann Mathena’s H-OWL 4 Hope group recently held a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Washington County. 

The students presented their donation at the school Friday to Katherine Cooker, the animal shelter’s manager of development and community relations.

Students held a Pennies for Pups drive and put on a play for other students in an effort to spread the word about their project. 

“The kids did this all on their own,” Mathena said. “They designed the collection canisters, they promoted the project, and then collected counted and wrapped each coin.

“I am so proud of them because they well surpassed their goal of $200 by collecting $344.62.” 

Each class in the school participated in the collection of coins and the class that collected the most coins, Jennifer Gregory’s second- and third-grade room, won a doughnut party.


Gregory’s class was followed closely by Mitchell Race’s fourth-grade class.

One of the group’s participants, Monica, described the project:

“We collected supplies for different animal shelters, created a play about a dog, and then did an advertisement that was a song and dance (and) that (was) what the project was about.”

The students then performed the advertisement. 

A video of that performance and photos of the students can be seen on the animal shelter’s Facebook page. 

“This was a really nice project for the students to undertake for the shelter,” said Paul Miller, the shelter’s executive director.

“I want to thank Ms. Mathena for motivating the students, Principal Dr. Sonya Barnes for supporting the project, all of the teachers and students that donated to the Pennies for Pups project and Aaryan, Evette, Molly, Monica, Kameron, Carly and Marly for all their hard work.” 

Miller said the donation was especially timely now that kitten season is under way.

The humane society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2060 or go to for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

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