Students raise money to help dogs in need

Students raise money to help dogs in need
Students played with dogs after helping raise money for some of them. (Source: WALB)
The students are in the third grade. (Source: WALB)
The students are in the third grade. (Source: WALB)
Alexis Cook is the teacher who told the kids about the dogs. (Source: WALB)
Alexis Cook is the teacher who told the kids about the dogs. (Source: WALB)
The dogs are at the Lake Blackshear Dog Rescue. (Source: WALB)
The dogs are at the Lake Blackshear Dog Rescue. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A group of Dougherty County students is helping our furry friends. Third-grade students at the International Studies Elementary Charter School raised hundreds of dollars for puppies in need.

It's not every day when every student in class is running into a line with this much excitement. But on Thursday Mrs. Cook's class had special visitors.

Volunteers with Lake Blackshear Dog Rescue brought dogs to spend time with students as a thank you.

"We've been raising money for two sick dogs that got hurt," explained third-grader Kaidence Morman.

"And burned and we need money for them to get better," said Caleb Webb, who is also a third grader.

Pepper and Queenie are the names of the dogs the students wanted to help treat.

Mission Change, a partner in excellence with International Studies Elementary Charter School, posted photos of the dogs to Facebook asking for donations to help the dogs get better.

"I came to work next day, showed them the pictures and I said what can we do for them?" said teacher Alexis Cook. "And they said we can buy them things, but I said they are hurt at the doctor and the kids said well let's raise money. And I said okay let's do it!"

Students in Mrs. Cook's class collected money from everyone at the school.

"We had papers and posters and we talked to the class about the doggies and asked them, can they donate," said Webb.

"My favorite part was everyone kept putting in money for the doggies," explained Monquez Bush, who is also a student in the class.

In the end, the students collected a total of $500.

The students now have one proud teacher who helped them end the year with a powerful lesson in the importance of giving.

"It melts my heart," said Cook. "It's so sweet to see them care about others and care about something other than themselves."

If you are interested in helping the dogs or adopting click here.

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