Davie High students help abandoned animals

Published 10:22 am Thursday, March 17, 2016

Students stopped between classes and during their lunch break for hugs and cuddles when abandoned dogs from the Humane Society of Davie County visited Davie County High School.

The school’s Student Government Association invited the dogs to promote a donation drive.

The Davie County High School Student Government Association set up the donation drive because they wanted to help the abandoned pets in the community.

Student Government Advisor, Jennifer O’Brien said: “We wanted to do something unique to help the community and give all students a chance to get involved. We had many animal lovers in SGA, so the idea to collect items for an donation drive was perfect.”

The SGA students asked their fellow classmates to open their hearts and bring in urgent needs to be donated to the care of abandoned animals.

O’Brien thinks it’s important to involve teenagers in service projects in their local community.

“Our community and service projects are run almost entirely by SGA members. This shows teens how much value there is to doing something for the sole purpose of that it helps the community in which we live,” she said. “One of our main goals as an organization is to help students realize that there is no such thing as being too good of a person.”

O’Brien was happy about her students motivation, passion, and commitment to helping animals in need.

“Lynn Wisecarver (SGA co-adviser) and I have been extremely pleased with the outpouring of willingness we have had from our student government members. Most of them play multiple sports, take AP and honors classes, and participate in other school organizations, so taking on a project like this can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, we have an executive board made up of exceptionally talented students who take on leadership as a second nature,” O’Brien said.

The Humane Society of Davie County has consistent needs on a wish list such as bleach, paper towels, white distilled vinegar, 13- and 30-gallon trash bags, new or used towels, new or used blankets, and baking soda. Donations can be dropped off at 291 Eaton Road, Mocksville, Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. -2 p.m. or ordered online and shipped to the adoption center.