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Lima-Brighton students pitch in for Ark animals

Third grade students Cali Godlewski and Savanna Hoover of Lima-Brighton Elementary School approached Principal Marty Burns recently with an idea.

They wanted to help some animals at the Ark Animal Sanctuary. Both own rescued dogs and just wanted to help in some way. Their plan was to make announcements on a daily basis to inform other students in the school. The decision was made that it didn’t make any difference what was brought in as long as it was animal related.

Nearly 200 items ranging from leashes, collars, puppy toys and food to giant breed toys, leashes collars and food flooded the entryway of the elementary school. Each class had their own box designated to hold items the students brought in with the winning class looking forward to a movie on popcorn day. The second place class received root beer floats.

“The kids brought in a whole bunch of different stuff,” Godlewski said. “They even brought in things during ISTEP testing.”

Hoover is thinking they may try it again next year, stating “I remember when I lost my dog and I just wanted to help some other dogs. The hardest part was counting the stuff that was brought in each day.”