Under the leadership of Kristen Miller, the Horseheads Summer Learning Academy (SLA) students collected items for the SPCA. The suggested items came from the SPCA’s Wish List and included peanut butter, pet toys, pet food, pet treats, blankets, and towels. The overall theme of SLA this year was “Heroes.” This donation gave the students a chance to see that there are heroes everywhere in our community, and that they can be a hero, too! To conclude this donation drive, a volunteer from the SPCA, along with a kitten named Vader, spoke with the SLA students about proper pet treatment and safety. The students were each able to pet and play with the kitten, while also getting the opportunity to present their donations to the organization. I think that it was a great opportunity for students from kindergarten to sixth grade to see what an impact they can have on an organization in their community, just by doing something so simple!
From Rachel Hogue, 6th grade teacher Horseheads Intermediate School and Summer Learning Academy.