JHS Donates to Presents for Pets for Chautauqua County Humane Society

Jamestown High School recently held its 6th Annual Presents for Pets collection drive in support of the daily needs of the Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS). CCHS’ wish list contains items such as: used towels, pet toys and feeding dishes that any student would have in their home and does not require a financial component.

JHS graduate Casey Love started Presents for Pets in 2008 to give all students an opportunity to give back during the holiday season. JHS teacher Loraine Steffens,’ Government and Economic classes raised $181.56, which Mrs. Steffens used to purchase items for the CCHS’ Wish List.

“I liked the idea of a class challenge. It motivated us to top one another to support a great cause,” said senior JHS Government & Economics student, Marion Soldano. “I have two dogs and a cat that we rescued, and I know that this is a great cause to donate to.”

JHS senior Lorenzo Rodriguez coordinated this year’s drive, which ended on December 19th with the class contributing the most items receiving $100 to add to their Penny Wars fundraising total.  Students who donated also got to put an ornament on the tree in the library with their pet’s photo.

“I got involved because I love animals and it makes me feel good to help out a local organization,” said Lorenzo. “Every little bit helps, even if the donation is small. You might change the life of one animal by helping out in some way. 

The items donated reduce the supply costs for the Humane Society giving them more working capital for the care of the animals. For more information on the CCHS’ Wish List, visit their website at www.spcapets.com/waystogive/wishlist/

posted on 12/26/2014 - filed under: Community, JHS, Social Studies, Spotlight, Students, teachers