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Across the Country, Mutt-i-grees Students Give Back for the Holidays

During the crazy holiday rush, it can be easy to forget about those less fortunate than yourself. However, taking time to pause and think about how you can help those in need in your community can be beneficial to everyone involved! Did you know that practicing kindness and compassion is associated with proven health and psychological benefits? This holiday season, Mutt-i-grees students across the country made us proud by organizing service learning projects to benefit animals in need. Check out a few snapshots below of what some schools did:

New York:
At East Northport Middle School in Suffolk County, NY, students ran a pet food drive this fall to benefit the Long Island Cares food pantries, which help people in need feed their pets during rough times. They made pawsome signs encouraging their peers to donate and collected a ton of much needed items.

Kentucky:
Students of all ages in Ashland, KY went all-out for their local animal shelter. Members of the Mutt-i-grees Teen Council created a giving tree at their local PetSmart, complete with photo ornaments of adoptable dogs from Ashland Animal Rescue Fund, to promote shelter adoptions in their community. They also collected more than $750 in donations for the shelter! We are happy to report that some of the dogs and cats featured on the tree have since found loving homes. And Mutt-i-grees preschool students at the KDMC Child Development Center also presented the shelter with a wagon load of supplies. It goes to show – you’re never too young to make a difference!

Arkansas:
The M.U.T.T.S. Club at South Side Bee Branch School District in Van Buren County, AR hosted a Santa Paws donation drive to collect items for their local shelter, which they dropped off together in December. While they were there, the students gave some much needed love to all the dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens looking for loving homes.

How have your students practiced kindness and compassion this year? Share your stories with us at [email protected]. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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