Dibble students and teachers make a major donation at a fundraiser for an animal shelter

JACKSON, MI — In her first year teaching at Dibble Elementary School, Jennifer Hause didn’t hesitate to dive headfirst into volunteering with the school’s Sunshine Committee to organize a fundraiser. funds for a cause dear to him: the Jackson County Animal Refuge.

Hause said she owes the shelter a debt of gratitude for helping her adopt her cat, Miracle, last May. So when Dibble’s multi-teacher committee was looking for causes to raise funds for at the start of the school year, Hause began to think big.

A competitive coin drive ensued between the students with a pizza night given to the two winning classes, helping the school raise $2,665.90, along with hundreds more in pet supplies, for the shelter.

“It was just something that I really wanted to be responsible for giving back,” said Hause, who teaches fifth grade at Dibble. “It turned out that the children also really appreciated being able to donate to the animal shelter because they love all animals.”

In the past, Dibble’s Sunshine Committee has held monthly fundraisers to benefit local and school causes, with recipients ranging from Toys for Tots to purchasing new books for the school library.

Hause originally organized the fundraiser for teachers, who paid $20 to wear jeans on certain weekdays in December, raising $360. In January, the effort expanded to students, who Hause realized could have a significant impact.

She decorated special pet-themed coin jars for each class to help with spare change throughout January, while volunteering for the unenviable task of rolling all the coins herself. -same.

Students and families were also encouraged to donate everything from bedding to food from a wish list she asked the animal shelter to create.

“Basically, it was anything and everything the shelter asked for,” she said.

Monetary donations and supplies piled up quickly, with students raising $2,305.90 in coins alone throughout January.

In a social media post earlier this month, the Jackson County Animal Shelter expressed gratitude to the students and teachers who “took it to another level” with the campaign and fundraiser. of funds.

“We are simply overwhelmed by the effort and generosity that students and staff have given us,” shelter officials wrote in the post.

After the success of the fundraiser, Hause said she is looking forward to hosting the event again next year — with a little caveat.

I really wanted to cry after realizing how much we brought for these animals,” Hause said. “I offered to roll the whole change (this year). Next year I don’t think I’ll do that.

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