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Students give back with Project Puppy Love

Posted: February 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Sixth-grader Amanda Yamamoto helps load up the AngelDogs Foundation trailer with help from her fellow Student Service program members.

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Hundreds of new and gently used blankets, towels, collars, toys and beds were collected by students at Saugus’ Mountainview Elementary as part of “Project Puppy Love,” benefitting AngelDogs Foundation, a mobile spay/neuter clinic and deaf-dog rescue network based in Newhall.

Project Puppy Love was the idea of the school’s Student Service program, which seeks to help the community through philanthropic efforts devised by the students.

“Last winter, we did a food drive. The kids were so jazzed that they wanted to do more, they wanted to help the animals,” said Christina Bakoo, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher and co-teacher for the Student Service program. “Even with how hard times are right now, there are ways to help. Just one towel or blanket makes a big difference.”

Donations started pouring in from parents, students and teachers throughout the week leading up to the presentation, more than 200 items total.

“Some people had things in their garage that they didn’t use anymore, like sleeping bags with princesses on them,” fifth-grader Caleigh Rusk said.

According to sixth-grader Amanda Yamamoto, the idea of giving to deaf dogs was especially motivating for certain
students.

“The kids in special education were very excited to help animals that are going through something similar to what they go through,” she said.

Lisa Tipton, director of AngelDogs Foundation, presented the Student Service program with a certificate of achievement for their contribution on Feb. 10.

“You came up with a wonderful idea. Everything you contributed is so necessary, both for our mobile spay/neuter program and for the rescue dogs that are cold and need blankets to sleep on,” Tipton told the students with tears in her eyes. “What you did was very special.”

Fifth-grader Cassi Howell had a big smile on her face as she helped load the AngelDogs Foundation trailer. “It was Valentine’s Day. We wanted to do something creative that shows love. We wanted to do something for the puppies.”

For more information on AngelDogs Foundation, visit www.AngelDogsFoundation.org.

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