Patuxent Class Project Benefits PAW Animals

The Partnership for Animal Welfare is honored to have been chosen by Patuxent Valley Middle School in Jessup, Md., for their 1999 charity service project. Student Jonathan Kemper suggested that the class choose a local group that helps cats and dogs, and the class enthusiastically agreed. Classmate Britany Wall researched through the internet and suggested PAW as the fortunate beneficiary.

After learning more about PAW and our needs through email correspondence, Britany presented this information to her classmates. Then Ginni Ober's and Rob Schmidt's classes coordinated the fundraising efforts, with the poster them "Spare the Change, Spare a Life." Between January and May, the group enthusiastically collected donations during lunch breaks, and held a bake sale and car wash to raise money. Anna Gannon's class also helped by donating cat and dog supplies. The students of Tim Morris and Dwayne Combs also assisted.

As a result, the group was able to raise nearly $800 for our medical fund, thus enabling us to help many more animals. At a presentation at the school on June 4, the students presented PAW with the funds, and PAW volunteers told the classes about PAW and ways to help reduce the pet overpopulation crisis.

We are deeply indebted to the hard work of these proactive, responsible students. They are a shining example of the promise of many young adults and illustrate how each person can make a difference -- one step at a time in this important mission we share.

If you would like PAW volunteers to do a Responsible Pet Ownership presentation in your school, and/or if your class would like to "adopt" PAW as their community service project, please contact Robin Tierney at

Last updated 30 Oct 2001 CLI