A group of Val Marie students have managed to make a big donation in honour of 100 days of school.
These kind-hearted students from Val Marie School's K-4 class have brought 100 donations, one for each day of class they have attended so far this school year, for the Swift Current SPCA.
The teacher behind this class effort, Anne Beauchamp, is very proud of her students and their families for gathering this huge collection of goods for the animal shelter.
"My class loves pets and loves animals," said Beauchamp. "Valentine's Day and Pink Shirt Day fall around the same time as the 100th day of school. [Prompting us to ask], how can we be kind? How can we show kindness? It's an easy fit for us to give back to pets."
The class managed to gather a mix of food items, toys, and other utilities the shelter can make use of, much to the organization's appreciation.
Amy Dixon, the operations manager for the Swift Current SPCA, came in to work to find these donations had been delivered and was amazed at how much they had received from these junior philanthropists.
"It was really nice and welcomed," said Dixon. "We do run out mostly on donations, so these sorts of things happening are very welcomed."
For the younger students in their first year of classes, like the grade one kids, this was a fun way to practice their numeracy at school.
"The kids create a poster where they're tallying up all of the items each day, as part of their numeracy," said Beauchamp. "Then to culminate the activity, we have one of our students that travels to Swift Current biweekly and she was able to drop them off for us."
The children then celebrated together by having some puppies come to class, which they were able to play with for the day.
This is the second year Beauchamp has done the 100 items for 100 days. Last year, she was inspired to begin the tradition after Betty White, a famed Hollywood actress and television legend that had passed away. White had asked that her fans donate to animal shelters and their ilk in honour of her memory. Beauchamp did just that and got her whole class involved too.
For anyone looking to donate to the SPCA themselves, but is unsure of what to bring, you are in luck. The SPCA has an itemized list of their needs and requirements online, on the right-hand side of its home page.
"Things like cat food and puppy food are the biggest items for sure," said Dixon. "They can come down and make a donation in person, or if it's monetary, we do take E-Transfers and things like that as well."