Ann Arbor elementary students raise nearly $3,000 for local animals in need
ANN ARBOR – “They pitched the idea to me and I said let’s go,” said Martin Luther King Elementary School principal Koren Clinkscale.
In May, elementary school students on the east side of Ann Arbor raised $2,942.67 for the Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Fundraising was led by the King Student Council, which has representatives from grades 3 through 5 and emphasizes community service.
The board chose HSHV from a list of area organizations because many of the school’s students have pets that use the services offered by the pet nonprofit, Clinkscale said by email.
Student council leaders, teachers Jillian O’Leary and Tess Peck, then pitched the idea to Clinkscale, and the school got to work raising funds.
King students were inspired to help raise funds by a game called Penny Wars, in which different grade levels competed against each other.
While many students contributed with their own money, others asked family members to donate to the cause.
“I have heard many funny stories of students cycling to the bank to collect their own funds to donate to the organization. Our students were very dedicated to the cause,” Clinkscale said.
When the grand total was added up, Clinkscale said the first reaction from students and faculty was “Wow!”
“We were so excited that we, as a collective organization, could work together to raise so much money for an organization close to our hearts,” she said.
Learn more about King Elementary School here and the Humane Society of Huron Valley here.
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