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49f5ff5d75be7Students from Wahoo Middle School celebrate their successful fund-raising efforts by presenting a check to Saunders County Lost Pets Board President Debora Wilcox (center).
Students from Wahoo Middle School celebrate their successful fund-raising efforts by presenting a check to Saunders County Lost Pets Board President Debora Wilcox (center).

WMS 8th Grader Courtney Jones Initiates Pennies for Pooches Campaign

Middle Schoolers Raise $320 for Local Pet Rescue

Children and animals – they go hand in hand. So when Wahoo Middle School 8th grader Courtney Jones proposed that her classmates help her raise money for a local pet shelter, she met with an overwhelmingly positive response from them. In a matter of a few weeks, the students raised $320 that was donated to the Saunders County Lost Pets (SCLP) pet rescue.

Jones created coin drop boxes for each middle school classroom. Each box was decorated with a picture of a dog currently housed at the rescue center and information about that animal. In addition, she made intercom announcements throughout the middle school reminding her classmates of the fund drive. She also planned with her teachers several fund raising activities that would stimulate interest in the cause.

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49f5ff5d75be7Wahoo Middle School 8th grade students shaved their heads to raise money for Saunders County Lost Pets. Rod Patocka, Parker Nicholls and Mitch Shukis (l-r) helped the middle school raise 0.
Wahoo Middle School 8th grade students shaved their heads to raise money for Saunders County Lost Pets. Rod Patocka, Parker Nicholls and Mitch Shukis (l-r) helped the middle school raise 0.
Other students volunteered to help her coordinate the activities. One day, students were allowed to sit in a seat of their choice, provided that they donated one quarter to the pet rescue. Classmates Mitch Shukis, Parker Nicholls and Rod Patocka agreed to shave their heads if $60 was raised in a single day; over $96 was raised on that day alone!

Cupcakes and Mardi Gras beads were sold on St. Patrick’s Day, with the proceeds donated to the effort. Students were also allowed to choose, for a $1 donation, the men’s basketball team that they felt would win the NCAA March Madness tournament. Once the tournament concluded, a winner was chosen. Sixth grader Adam Campbell correctly picked North Carolina. For his efforts, Campbell was given a prize package that included a pizza donated by Pizza Hut and was allowed to be Wahoo Middle School’s “Principal for the Day” on April 22.

SCLP board president Debora Wilcox and other SCLP board members were presented with the fund-raising proceeds in a small celebration at Wahoo Middle School on April 21.

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49f5ff5d75be7Saunders County Lost Pets Board President Debora Wilcox (second from left) and other SCLP board members accept a fund-raising check from Wahoo Middle School students Adam Campbell and Courtney Jones.
Saunders County Lost Pets Board President Debora Wilcox (second from left) and other SCLP board members accept a fund-raising check from Wahoo Middle School students Adam Campbell and Courtney Jones.

“I thank you for thinking of us at the pet rescue. The board members thank you and the animals thank you,” said a grateful Wilcox. Appropriately, Jones was holding her own dog, once a resident at the pet rescue, during the check presentation. All around were children, smiles and animals!

WMS 8th Grader Courtney Jones Initiates Pennies for Pooches Campaign

Chris & Tina Jones

Apr 27, 2009

We are so proud of you Courtney! Thanks for all of your help Mr. Harris and way to go middle school students! Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!!!