Spirit of giving hits local elementary schools!
- Article & photo by Patrick Taylor -
The students at Glenmar Elementary School in Middle River collected pet toys, food, treats, blankets, beds, collars/leashes and more for its Paws for a Cause initiative. The goods were stored in the front of the school in a doghouse display (complete with a sleeping Snoopy on top) made by the school’s art teacher, Eileen Fitzgerald.
Jessica Platt, a counselor at Glenmar, stated that throughout the year the school has had can and clothing drives and delivered the goods to local churches. She also connects families of students to local resources.
“It’s just a way for the school to make sure that the community is happy and healthy,” said Platt, who is in her first year at Glenmar.
Platt wanted to do something around Christmas but recognized that not everyone has the same religious beliefs, so she came up with the idea of a drive to benefit animals in need.
“Not everyone here celebrates Christmas or Hannukah, but everyone loves animals,” she said. “It’s a way for all of the students and parents to get involved, and they loved it.”
All of the goods were delivered to Defenders of Animal Rights, located in northern Baltimore County, which was selected because it is a no-kill shelter.
“We want these items to go to a shelter that’s going to help animals live long, healthy, happy lives. Some of our faculty have history with that shelter and suggested it, so that’s who we ended up going for,” Platt said.
Platt hopes that the initiative will cause students to pause - hence the name - and give.
“It’s equally as satisfying to give as it is to receive,” Platt said. “And that’s what I’m trying to impart on these students as their counselor.”