For the love of animals
Posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Blankets and towels – that is how it began.
Three students from Loveland High School (LHS) got to talking about how they could help animals that were waiting for adoption at the Cincinnati SPCA and amongst them they decided they wanted to create a way for each animal to get their own towel or blanket to sleep with at night. They also decided they couldn’t go at this alone.
“Abby Wright, Lara Pulliam, and Savannah Sears were the three students who came up with the idea and they asked Carlie Hicks, Micah Hicks and Casey Henry to help them,” said Loveland Middle School Aide Kim Hicks who assisted the students in taking their idea from dream to reality. “In November they wrote a sketch for the LHS News Network, which is broadcast to all LHS students, and asked their peers and teachers to support their effort.”
Three teachers got on board and allowed the students to store all of the collected items in their classrooms at the high school. But the response outgrew the space, and the group ended up using a classroom at the middle school to house the bags of donations, which the students transported to Cincinnati SPCA December 15.
“I learned from this experience that when you try hard and work hard, it all pays off,” said LHS Student Micah Hicks. “We got so many donations to the shelter it was amazing. I was really excited to see how many things people donated and how much they care.”
“The staff at the facility at Cincinnati SPCA were so thankful,” said Kim Hicks. “The students received a tour of the shelter and had time to interact with all of the cats and kittens in the adoption room. The students really saw the project through from start to finish. They were so proud to represent their school in this way. Once again, Loveland Tigers made the world a much warmer and more comfortable place!”
Photo caption: LHS Freshman Savannah Sears made friends with a cat up for adoption at Cincinnati’s SPCA; she was one of several students who organized a donation drive to help the animals in December 2016.