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Indian Trail After School Supports Humane Society of Union County photo

Indian Trail After School Supports Humane Society of Union County

 Indian Trail Elementary After School program just completed their community service project for this school year. We were very excited to partner with the Humane Society of Union County. Liaison person and Education Coordinator for Humane Society is Pam Lipsky and she was instrumental in letting us know the needs our children could meet for sponsored animals. According to Ms. Lipsky, a big project being worked on right now is “Spay it Forward.” “We are locating dogs that are chained and offering subsidized spay/neuter...” states Lipsky.

The 90 children from Indian Trail After School range in age from Kindergarten to 5th grade. For “Spay it Forward”, each of the 5 groups of children collected money, competing and encouraging each other. Some of the children brought in money from doing chores, some brought in change they had been collecting for some time, and there were many generous parents and After School teachers who pitched in as well. The project really became an “After School Family” effort. The original goal was that each group of children would raise $40.00. This is generally what it cost for spay/neuter per animal according to Lipsky. When all was said and done they surpassed this goal and $320.64 was raised toward spay /neuter.

To advertise adoption, and spay/neuter, many of the After School children did colorful posters. The Indian Trail branch of State Employees’ Credit Union has these posters displayed in the bank. One child wrote a poem about animal adoption which is displayed as well. It is the After School children’s hopes that as many people possible see the need to spay or neuter animals and adopt these animals as well.

Way to go Indian Trail After School! Job well done.

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Valentines for Veterans

  Veterans who have dedicated their lives to serving their country will have something to smile about this Valentine’s Day, thanks to students from two Union County elementary schools.
For five consecutive years, students in Cathy Reese’s fourth-grade class at Indian Trail Elementary School have participated in the Valentines for Vets project, an annual endeavor that sends student-made Valentine cards to service members with the Wounded Warrior Project at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

What started as a one-classroom project has grown to a school-wide effort in which Indian Trail Elementary students of all ages send cards to the heroes at Lejeune.

“The fourth grade sponsored the project (this year) as a community service project, and other classes were invited to participate,” Reese said. “So, it was a school-wide project.”

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