QUINNESEC - At the end of the school year, 700 elementary students from Iron Mountain and Norway joined forces to raise money for Almost Home Animal Shelter in Quinnesec as part of the "Pennies for Pets" program.
Each participating classroom competed to raise the most money. In one month's time, these students raised a total of $2,517.96 to support the mission of the shelter.
"It is so important to teach children the importance of giving back to their community at a young age so that it becomes a practice they carry into adulthood," an Almost Home spokesperson said.
NORWAY-VULCAN ELEMENTARY students in grades K-4, in the top photo, are pictured with Almost Home Animal Shelter Manager Diane Luczak, kneeling on the left, holding Boogie and Bubbles, and Executive Director Adrien Brzoznowski, right, holding Knight the kitten. The kitten was named in the school’s honor because students raised $1,220.58 to support the animal shelter as part of the “Pennies for Pets” program.
Representatives from each classroom at North Elementary School in Iron Mountain, display the funds their classes raised for the Almost Home Animal Shelter as part of the “Pennies for Pets” program. Pictured kneeling, from left, are Thomas Fuse, Rhiannon Sutton, Luczak holding Boogie and Bubbles, Max White and Jacob Carrion. In back from left are Shane Kuzmic, Ava Peters, Carter Kassin, Jo Brown, Amanda Malburg and Brzoznowski.
Loralee Springer's fifth-grade class at East Iron Mountain Elementary, Maria Basanese's second-grade class at North Iron Mountain Elementary, and Gail Robert's early kindergarten class at Norway-Vulcan Elementary were the top collectors, each earning a pizza party.
It was also a contest between the three schools, Mountaineers versus Knights. Norway raised $1,220.58 and a kitten at the shelter was named Knight in their honor. Knight was brought to the school as part of the celebration ceremony.
"This was a great opportunity to get students actively engaged in helping out their community and meeting a need," a spokesperson said. "It was such a hit that each school has offered to help raise funds in the future."