First-grade students from Trenton Elementary visit to the SPCA of Hancock County shelter was last Friday. The class is beginning an ongoing project with the shelter. ISLANDER PHOTO BY DICK BROOM

First grade students sponsor shelter pets

TRENTON — Trying to keep a pet in an elementary school classroom presents challenges. So instead, each month the first-grade students at Trenton Elementary are sponsoring a different animal at the SPCA of Hancock County shelter, and plan to visit the shelter once a month.

“I’ve contemplated ways to incorporate a class pet into our learning community, but space considerations and other logistical tangles proved prohibitive,” said first grade teacher Kristen Braun.

SPCA Director Diana de los Santos and her staff will provide information to Braun’s class about their sponsored pet of the month.

“First graders will then use our class and school newsletters to get the word out about our furry friends to help them find their forever home,” Braun said.

During their monthly visits to the shelter, the students will work on tasks that the SPCA staff gives them, such as tidying the cat room and making cat toys out of cardboard paper towel tubes.

“During these visits, first graders will also drop off pet supplies we’ve purchased from cashing in our ongoing collection of Box Tops for Education,” Braun said. “I feel fortunate to help provide an opportunity for young students to share their time, effort and talents.”

The Trenton fist graders’ first visit to the SPCA shelter was last Friday, Nov. 30.

Earlier that same day, third, fourth and fifth grade students from Swan’s Island Elementary School, along with their teacher and principal, Crystal DaGraca, visited the shelter and dropped off pet food and other supplies.

The local SPCA is an independent organization not affiliated with any national groups.


Dick Broom

Dick Broom

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Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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