WOODSTOCK – Students at W.W. Robinson Elementary school donated more than 1,000 pounds of cat and dog food and cat litter on Friday to Furry Friends Animal Rescue.
“I had tears in my eyes,” said Robin Bradfield, founder of Furry Friends Animal Rescue, said about her reaction to what the students had collected.
She, along with volunteers Valerie Patton and Donna Williams, were at the school to pick up the donated items that they estimate will last a couple of days.
“People don’t know how bad the need is,” Williams said.
They feed the animals they have at the organization’s shop, Furry Friends Thrift & Gift Shop, 657 N. Main St., Woodstock. They also supply food to people who are fostering animals and to people who are in need of help for their pets.
The project to collect the food started with Robin Orndorff, gifted and talented teacher, and the students in her third-grade class. It was the result of a program called WagiLabs, where students identify needs in their community and attempt to help.
Delylah Gillis, 8, was excited to be a part of the project.
“I really like animals. I hate animals dying,” Delylah said.
In fact, all of the third-graders said they are proud that they collected so much food to help.
Paxton Andrews, 9, said he helped design and copy the flyer that the students posted throughout the school.
Tamra Ross’s fourth-grade class collected the most with 306 pounds, and they won a pizza party for the class.