ATTICA, NY - Each year students at Prospect Elementary learn an important lesson about helping others during their "care fair."
"I want them to learn that without a doubt their acts of caring and compassion can make a difference. It can have such a positive impact," said school counselor Cindy Griffing.
This year's "care fair" went to the dogs, literally.
When students heard about dozens of dogs seized from a Wyoming County home back in April, they decided they would collect food and supplies for the county animal shelter.
"Their world becomes much bigger when they start thinking about the needs of organizations. It's good for them," said animal control officer Justa Goodell.
The project started with first graders, but soon the entire school was on board.
A table in the front hall was overloaded with foods, toys, cleaning supplies, and other necessities for the animals at the shelter.
"We are sharing stuff with them, and we are caring about them," said first grader Kaidan Hofheins.
Shelter volunteers stopped by Prospect Elementary with one of the rescued dogs to personally thank the students for their hard work and donations.