Little Current students collect products for animal welfare

Grade 5 Little Current Public School students Emerson Brewer-Case and Cameron Ferguson pose with the many items they have collected for area rescue animals through a class project. photo by Robin Burridge

LITTLE CURRENT—Little Current Public School (LCPS) Grade 5 students Emerson Brewer-Case and Cameron Ferguson have launched a project at their school to collect supplies for rescue animals in the area. Having only been at it a week, the pair have already collected over 80 items.

“Students in my class have been pursuing Genius Hour projects, which is a project that allows for students to explore their own passions and interests,” explained LCPS Grade 4/5 teacher Rhea Bulloch. “They could choose whatever they wanted for their project, but Emerson thinks of others first and wanted to help animals in need and Cameron wanted to help as well.”

“My mom always says how much I love animals,” explained 10-year-old Emerson, “so I wanted to do something through my project to help them. I thought that a school fundraiser would work well to collect things that rescue animals need like food, blankets, toys, treats, food and water dishes, blankets and towels.”

“I thought it was a good idea and wanted to help too,” said Cameron.

The pair launched the school-wide fundraiser Friday, January 22, encouraging students to bring donation items in and motivating the LCPS classes through a popcorn party for the class that collects the most.

“We let everyone know about the fundraiser through morning announcements, posters we put up around the school and presentations to the classes,” explained Emerson. “We also sent home letters to the family of the primary students.”

As of last Thursday (January 28) the pair had already collected 81 items and will be continuing their efforts for one more week in hopes of reaching their goal of 100 items.

“We’ve been really happy with how many students have donated,” said Cameron.

“It was a great idea and they have been working really hard at recess and after school,” Ms. Bulloch praised her students. “They have done a great job and I am very proud of their efforts.”

Once Emerson and Cameron, with the help of their LCPS schoolmates, collect 100 pet items, they will be donating the goods to Pet Save Manitoulin and the Sudbury animal shelter ‘Pets Need Love Too.’