For more than 120 years, the New Hampshire Humane Society (NHHS) has strived to give animals a second chance to find a forever home. Typically, such organizations rely heavily on volunteers and donations, of both finances and supplies, to sustain full operation.
Sant Bani School recently provided both types of donations to the NHHS. On Monday, May 16, the seventh grade traveled to the Humane Society to complete a morning of service around the facility. While there, the group presented a $3,280 check to the organization, the sum of monies raised during a fundraising event in February.
Prior to the first visit, the School held a collection drive in which families donated supplies, as requested by the NHHS, to be given to the organization.
“Donations like this help us to provide vaccinations and necessary medical care for the animals that come through our doors. The financial support also allows us to provide a safe and clean environment while the animals are in our care, and support the programs and services our team implements to help our local community,” explained Lis Rosencrum, the NHHS Projects and Programs Manager.
Each year, the SBS “Read-a-Thon,” held in early February, acts as a fundraiser to benefit a local foundation that is chosen by middle school in the beginning of that school year. Prior to selecting a foundation, students identify four possible organizations they would be interested in supporting and do research about each organization before conducting a vote. This year, SBS middle school students chose to support the NHHS because of their mission and service to animals.
All three middle school grades spent a morning at the Humane Society: sixth grade visited on Monday, May 8, seventh grade on Tuesday, May 16, and eighth grade on Monday, May 22. Arriving mid-morning, students received a tour of the facility from Rosencrum and learned about the organization’s history. The rest of the morning was spent completing various projects throughout the facility, such as sorting donated goods, assembling small shelving units, stocking shelves, and picking up post-winter debris outdoors.
The best part of each trip to the Humane Society was providing service to the organization. What was the most difficult part? Not returning home with a new furry friend!