Third-graders count on two projects to help the county's humane society

August 06, 2012
  • Williamsport Elementary School students include, front row, from left, Hope, Devan and Trentin. Row two, Jasmine, Victoria, Kamiron, Thomas, Kierra, Mason, Rachael and Drayvin. Row three, Lakin, Nathaniel, Paige and Trevor. Row four, teacher Kelly Miller-Secrest, Shelby, Jacob, Faith, Rhett, Hunter, Logan, Treya, Sierra and Mrs. Kerns.issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.
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Students in Kelly Miller-Secrest’s third-grade class at Williamsport Elementary School recently held two separate collection drives in two weeks in an effort to help the animals at the Humane Society of Washington County.

On May 18, the students presented their donation to humane society representative Katherine Cooker.

Students held a weeklong Tabs for Labs drive and collected 66,000 aluminum tabs from students, teachers and staff. The items will be recycled for money that will be used for the animals.

The second project was Coins for Cats, which involved collecting loose change. The project resulted in a donation of nearly $200. 

“Both of these projects were wonderful ways to learn about math by counting and sorting of the tabs and coins,” Miller-Secrest said. “All of this was done because the kids just love animals and this class has the biggest heart.” 

Before making their donation, the children had a lively discussion about animals and their own pets.

“We would like to thank all of the students and staff at Williamsport Elementary School for participating in these wonderful projects,” said Paul Miller, executive director of the animal shelter.  “I can only imagine how much time the students spent counting all of these items. That was really thoughtful of them to help the animals like this.”

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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