By Chris Kieffer
TUPELO – Tupelo Middle School seventh-graders have been collecting items to donate to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society throughout the past semester.
On Friday, three of those students braved the rain to help deliver them.
“It makes you feel good because it makes you think about how much you’re helping and what you’re doing,” said seventh-grader Mills Winders, 13.
The students made donations through their information and communication technology-1 classes taught by Joe Garrett, Renada Hughes, Teri Mattox and Dana Boozer. Boozer said the class does a service project each year, and this year it adopted the humane society.
Collected items included blankets, newspapers, empty water bottles, cleaning supplies, dog treats, dog and cat food, leashes, collars, food bowls and toys, among other items.
“We always want to do a community service project to teach the kids about the community and about how to give back,” Boozer said.
Among those helping on Friday was student Sarah Taylor, 13, whose mother, Michelle Pugh, works at the Humane society. Sarah, who also volunteers there, had seen a need for the donated items and mentioned it to her teacher.
“It was a good way to help out with the community and get involved with what is happening in town,” said student, Claire Bailey, 13.
Boozer said the students did Internet research on the humane society and discussed how it works.
“We tried to hone in on community and empathy to build that knowledge,” she said.