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Second-graders collect items for Paws Across Oswego County

Students at Fairley Elementary School recently learned the importance of helping others and serving as advocates during a unit titled, “Fighting for a Cause.”

Second-graders spent weeks listening to stories about historical figures such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson and Eleanor Roosevelt. They discussed each person and learned how each impacted society by fighting for a cause.

Inspired by what they learned in the classroom, students decided to fight for a cause in their own backyard. They collected food, supplies and monetary donations for Paws Across Oswego County (PAOC), a nonprofit animal rescue organization that fosters and adopts animals. On June 5, PAOC representatives Connie Evans and Marjorie Wentworth and their canine companions, Sawyer and Charlotte, met with Hannibal students to thank them for their generosity and discuss the organization.

“We have a pet food pantry, a spay and neuter program, we help pay for vets to take care of injured animals, and we try to help animals in every way possible,” said Wentworth as she thanked the students for their contributions.

Wentworth and Evans also read the students books about their rescue dogs and they stressed the importance of not faulting a dog for its circumstances. “Just because a dog is unwanted doesn’t mean they are broken. With time and patience, they become the pet you want them to be,” they said.


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Hannibal Central School District
Christopher Staats, Superintendent
928 Cayuga Street
Hannibal, NY 13074

Phone: 315-564-8100

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