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Students help Berlin animal shelter feel like home

Students help Berlin animal shelter feel like home

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BERLIN — The animals at the Berlin Animal Control Shelter will be able to enjoy some of the comforts of home while they wait to be adopted thanks to a donation from the students of Mooreland Hill School.

The eight grade class soared past its goal of $50, which it set before hosting its first bake sale, and recently delivered $707 worth of beds, toys, and food to the shelter. It raised the necessary funds through coffee and baked goods sales, donations and a dress casual day.

“We chose the dog shelter because we’re all animal lovers … and we felt they needed something to start (the) new year,” said Eliza Palluotto, 13, who dropped off the donations.

“This is one of the biggest donations we’ve ever seen,” said Animal Control Officer Kate Matson. “This has me blown away.”

A group of teachers decided to have the class take on a service-oriented learning project but left it up to the kids to choose what they wanted to do, said Head of School Reed Rathgeber. The projects provided the chance to learn some skills, such as planning, a bit of cooking for the bake sale and budgeting, including accounting for sales tax.  

The students took it upon themselves to reach out to the shelter to ask what supplies were most needed, figured out which stores had the best prices, and determined how to spend their funds.

“They really were thoughtful about how they spent their money,” Rathgeber said. “They know they’ve done something good and worked hard.”

Matson said the donations will cover all the shelter’s needs for the seven animals currently staying there, allowing the animal control office to stock up for the busier summer months. For now, though, all the pets calling the shelter home, like Aitken the pit bull mix, will have extra toys to play with.

“Aitken is going to have that toy flipping around in his cage later,” Matson said, motioning to the balls the students had donated.
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