By Evelyn Long
March 11, 2014
“Help us Help the Pups!” That’s the slogan being heard and seen on banners hung throughout the halls of the Mount Gilead Park Avenue Elementary School.
Seven fourth grade students, members of the Destination Imagination team, have set a goal of raising $1,000 and an awareness that the Morrow County dog shelter has been battling flood waters. This drive includes a desire, on their part, to change the location of the shelter. They have currently raised $528.30.
They kicked off this drive by selling paper paw prints for 25 cents to classmates and teachers. The prints are hung on one of the school windows. They have challenged the students at the junior high and high school to learn which building can sell the most paw prints. There is talk that the winning buildings principal will have his face painted like a dog for the day.
Joining in on the competition is Whetstone Industries, who have partnered with the students on other fund raising activities. They have donated supplies, helped prepare materials and manned stations during the activity nights.
These special nights had an admission fee of 50 cents. Visitors then participated in fun activities and a movie was shown at evening’s end. The first activity night included the making of bookmarks, face painting, creation of a dog shelter/hotel from soap materials, a catapult and mask making. There was popcorn and lemonade along with oragami dogs sold and the movie “Hotel for Dogs” was shown at the end of the evening. They raised $219.40.
The next activity night included making superhero masks and capes and concluding the evening was the movie “Bolt.”
The third Activity Night carried out a carnival theme. The Cub Scouts of Pack 56, also partnering with the students and helping with activities, donated all the carnival games, as well as food for concessions.
The final activity Night was scheduled for March 8.
Also sold during these activity nights were plush dogs for $3.50 and dog tags that say “Help as Help the Pups.” They have currently sold out these items and are planning to restock.
In addition to raising money, the students are working to raise awareness of the need for a new dog shelter. They are speaking with and asking people to join their cause and are in the process of making a short video they anticipate showing to the public for education about the flooding.
There is currently a video on Youtube that was created by “The Friends of the Morrow County Dog Shelter” and depicts the past flooding and rescues that the students have been recommending for people to watch.
They have discovered that many organizations are willing to help with their efforts and have donated supplies, time and information. Help has come from Whetstone .Industries, the Morrow County Dog Shelter, Friends of the Morrow County Dog Shelter, The Mount Gilead Schools, Cub Scout Pack 56, the girl scouts, Gary Lamb-Hart, Jeff Embert, Matthew Emberg, Jenny Walters, Sean Walters, Nancy Lin and parents and grandparents of DI members.