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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Kindergarteners hosting toy, food drive for dogs, cats

  • Benton Elementary kindergarten students are doing a service learning project that is helping the Faithful Friends Animal Advocates (FFAA).
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  • Benton Elementary kindergarten students are doing a service learning project that is helping the Faithful Friends Animal Advocates (FFAA).  
    On Monday, representatives from FFAA were told about the donation drive during a kickoff ceremony at the school.
    “We are collecting dog food, cat food, dog toys, cat toys, but we are also making dog biscuits, cat and dog toys, so we are doing a lot of learning with it,” said Delisa Johnson, a kindergarten teacher at the school. “We have wrote a recipe card, so we have done writing, reading.”
    Johnson said the students actually came up with the idea to help FFAA.
    “That was something that we knew that we could do a lot of learning with and we knew that they needed a lot of help,” she said. “We knew that was an easy way and the kids could get involved with that, because they all like dogs and cats.”
    As stated, the kickoff started on Monday. It will run until Monday, April 7.
    Johnson said that the public can also donate dog and cat food, dog and cat toys by dropping them off at Benton Elementary.
    During the assembly, FFAA volunteer Cindy Dupre, told the students what FFAA does.
    “Faithful Friends helps dogs and cats that do not have homes. We take them into our homes – our volunteers do – and we get them medicine if they, food and get them reedy for adoptive homes,” Dupre said.
    Another volunteer, Brandi Versluis, held a puppy named Daisy. After the kickoff, the students could pet Daisy and another dog that FFAA president Leanne Williams brought to the school.
    Asked how proud FFAA is of the students helping with this donation drive, Williams said, “we are just thrilled. The awareness is marvelous with kids this age that they are aware of us and what we do and why we need the donations and so on.”
    Johnson is pleased with the students taking the initiative on this.
    “It is awesome. They really have taken it and just ran with it. And they developed all of the ideas,” said Johnson.
    Johnson said the winning class would receive something.
    “We have not decided yet, but they are going to get something,” she added.
    At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, the kindergarten students will present dog treats to FFAA.

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