“Paws For Pets” Collection Drive A Success
Third graders; Raphael Stanek, Molly Sikma, Rhyanna Morgan, Jose Ojeda, Anjelina Silvas, Emma Lewter,Milo Schlesinger and Blake Kouder were excited last Friday morning when they were selected by their teacher, Gay Plants to officially offer the “Paws For Pets” donations to the Lake County Animal Adoption and Control Center.
Take a look at the hard work of some of the "Paws For Pets" collection coordinators!
The students were eager to talk about, and understood the importance of the donations. “A lot of animals needed our help. They don’t have all the things they need and sometimes they even stink because they don’t have what they need to take a bath,” said Molly Sikma. “Some animals are even dying,” added Milo Schlesinger. The students had worked very hard with their classmates to ensure the donation drive was successful. “The hardest part was getting people to donate,” said Angelina Silvas. All of the students agreed that they had the most fun designing posters that were placed around town seeking support for their efforts. Blake Kouder and Rhyanna Morgan were quick to remember the important qualities of a good poster. “It has to have enough information and the information has to be organized, it has to be colorful, you need to make it pop and you want people to remember it,” the students recalled excitedly.
An entire pick-up truck full of donations had been gathered and $149.00 in cash donations received. Jose Ojeda turned in the final $20.00 just before Jim Neeley, Lake County Animal Control Field Officer arrived to collect the donations. Officer Neeley spent a few minutes with the students describing his job and just how important the donations they collect will be to the shelter. “It takes a lot of money to take care of all of the animals waiting for adoption. This means a lot to us,” he said. In fact, Officer Neeley noted that just that morning the shelter had run out of cat food and litter. Both items were included in the donations along with dog food, blankets and much more.
The “Paws for Pets” project helped the third graders at Jane Ball learn a number of valuable lessons. The students learned about organization skills, advertising and promotion, fundraising and most importantly the value of helping those who cannot help themselves.
Great job students and thank you Mrs. Plants for spearheading such a worthwhile effort!
Deborah Snedden has been the Principal at Jane Ball Elementary School since the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year. Mrs. Snedden is a native of Crete, Illinois with a special tie to Cedar Lake. Her husband, Mark Snedden, is a former Hanover alumni. They are the parents of a blended family of seven and currently reside in Crown Point.
Prior to becoming the Principal of Jane Ball, Mrs. Snedden served as the Curriculum Director at Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, following fifteen years of teaching in the Crown Point schools. She is a graduate of Crete-Monee High School with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue Calumet and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Ball State. Mrs. Snedden has been a presenter at professional development workshops and has worked with the Education Department at Purdue Calumet to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning to life at Jane Ball.
As she walks through the halls of Jane Ball the students smile and high five’s are the norm rather than the exception. “I’m here to make sure these kids are 21st century learners. What they’ll need to know to succeed in life starts right here,” said Snedden. “I have a passion for collaborating with students, teachers and parents.”