February 24, 2016 — Cats, dogs and other animals at three local shelters will soon be snuggled in new blankets, chewing on squeak toys, and eating good food, thanks to the hard work and generosity of Kensington elementary students and their families.
Kensington’s fourth annual school-wide “Paws for a Cause” drive to collect pet food and supplies brought in more than 300 items such as treats, grooming supplies, dog/cat chow, and more. Office supplies and cleaning products were also collected for the administrative teams at local shelters.
“Donations are going to the SPCA of Upstate NY, Purrs and Paws Kitten and Cat Shelter, and Adirondack Save-A-Stray,” says organizer Nicole Bain, a reading specialist at Kensington Road School.
Kathy Madelone, Resource teacher at KRS, had students make posters to hang up around the school and also helped organize this drive. The fourth grade (pictured above with donations) won the friendly school-wide contest to see which class could gather the most donations.
Kim Phillips, occupational therapist for the district, sewed more than 50 fleece pet blankets specifically to donate to the effort. The blankets are used as bedding for cats, dogs and other animals. Linda Corliss had sixth-graders at the Middle School join the effort, by sewing and stuffing dozens of pet beds.