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Second Graders Donate $740 to Humane Society

Second graders in Mrs. Ann Yanick and Susan Hitchcock’s classes at the Wyalusing Elementary School recently raised approximately $1,500, thanks to a tee shirt sales program they participated in during March. Angie Wildrick, a teacher’s aid who works with the children, said about half the money would go to the Bradford County Humane Society and half to the American Cancer Society. On Friday, April 8, a check for $740 was presented to representatives of the humane society who came to the school and talked to the second graders about the role the animal shelter plays in the community and how people should treat their pets humanely. Jennifer Spencer, the shelter’s community coordinator, told the students the humane society provides food, shelter, medicines and other care for its animals. She introduced Andy, a Labrador Retriever mix who’s been at the shelter for about two months. Lara Hawbaker, an employee at the shelter, led Andy around the classroom so students could meet and pet him. Katherine Hawbaker, the shelter’s humane officer, talked to the students about giving their pets and farm animals proper food and shelter, especially during cold weather. She informally deputized all the students who vowed to uphold the laws of humane treatment of animals and to report violations to authorities when they see animal cruelty and neglect. Officer Hawbaker also invited students to participate in the shelter’s doghouse competition where they could contact the shelter to come take a photo of the doghouse and enter it in the contest. Photos of winning doghouses will appear in area newspapers.


Second graders at the Wyalusing Elementary School interact with a Labrador Retriever mix named Andy who visited their classroom last Friday, April 8. Lara Hawbaker, an employee at the Ulster shelter, is Andy’s escort. Photo by David KeelerSecond graders at the Wyalusing Elementary School interact with a Labrador Retriever mix named Andy who visited their classroom last Friday, April 8. Lara Hawbaker, an employee at the Ulster shelter, is Andy’s escort. Photo by David Keeler

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