By: Dee McKinsey—
Approximately 155 students in Delta Middle School’s eight grade have been collecting supplies for ARF (Animal Rescue Fund), Muncie’s no-kill animal shelter, since they returned from winter break.
Christopher Overholt, eighth grade social studies teacher, says that his pupils picked ARF after two rounds of voting. The students receive competitive points based on ARF requested donations, and the pupils’ character traits of effort, attitude and respect also were rewarded points.
Overholt said that the students solicited donations from the sixth and seventh grade classes also. The students presented ARF with the donation Tuesday.
“Communities show their support by attending athletic and academic events,” said Overholt. “The middle school will have an opportunity to show its gratitude by giving back, or connecting with the community.”
Among ARF’s donations were: 27 bags of dog treats; 56 rolls of paper towels; 12 bottles of hand sanitizer; 292 pounds of kitty litter; and 107.9 pounds of dry cat and dog food.
The students said they picked ARF because many had been to the ARF campus, and most had animals of their own.
“We are honored to have been selected, and pleased to receive these items,” said Vickie Bevans, ARF Executive Director. “ARF always needs donations for our animals.”
Founded in 1998 by animal activist Terri Panszi, The Animal Rescue Fund (ARF), Muncie, is a private non-profit, no kill-shelter that provides housing, medical care and rehoming to abused, neglected and unwanted animals. Through education efforts, building public awareness, and community participation, ARF relieves animal suffering by preventing cruelty, abuse, neglect and overpopulation. Since its’ founding, ARF has saved thousands of animals. For more information, or to volunteer or contribute, contact ARF at http://www.munciearf.com/ or by calling 765-282-ARFF (2733)
Dee McKinsey is Editor and Writer for ARF