Students at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School recently spearheaded a food drive to benefit the Oswego County Animal Welfare League.
The idea sprung out of a discussion among EJD Student Council members who were considering different projects that could positively affect the community.
After hearing stories about local pets being abandoned, abused and malnourished, the students wanted to do something to help.
“There are so many organizations and nonprofit groups that could use a hand,” said EJD teacher Nicole George. “Once the students heard about some of the animal abuse issues, they wanted to do whatever they could do to help.”
Students answered the call for help, and in just three weeks they had collected enough food, supplies and money to fill dozens of boxes for OCAWL.
More than $740 in supplies and cash donations were collected, including blankets, toys, food, paper towels, dryer sheets, laundry detergent, soap, dog beds, kitty litter and more.
The supplies were packed into a vehicle and dropped off at OCAWL headquarters.
According to George, the donation effort was just another example of the giving spirit embraced by Phoenix middle school students.
“It was fun to watch the classes compete to see which one would bring in the most supplies,” she said. “In the end, though, the winner was OCAWL.”