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Highbridge Hill students lend a hand to animals in need

NEW IPSWICH — The Helping Hands Committee at Highbridge Hill Elementary School is made up of students with a passion for helping out the community. During the fall, they collected coats for needy families to prepare for the coming winter. And during Christmas, a toy drive gave kids in the area ;a chance for an enjoyable Christmas. In their latest effort, they decided to help out some of the four-legged members of the community.

During the last few weeks, the students encouraged their classmates to donate items to their Big Cause for Small Paws fundraiser, to collect pet food, toys, litter and other pet supplies, all of which will go to local pet rescues, wrote Highbridge teacher Dianne Piurkowski in an email Tuesday. Students who donated were given the chance to win pet-related books and other small prizes.

The drive paid off, and the Helping Hands Committee collected 10 boxes full of supplies to donate to local shelters. The dog supplies will be given to an area rescue group, and the cat supplies will be going to the Monadnock Kitty Rescue and Adoption in Jaffrey.

Kitty Rescue also garnered an extra bonus: The drive inspired a few students to volunteer some hours at the shelter every week, playing with the kittens and caring for the cats.

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