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Students raise more than $2,079 for humane society

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It’s possible that taking Fido for a simple walk has never helped so many.

So it was at the recent, inaugural “Paws For a Cause” fundraiser at the Central Middle School track in Columbus.

The event, which allowed people to pay an entry fee of $15 to walk their pooch, generated $2,079 for the Bartholomew County Humane Society’s new structure now undner construction south of Columbus.

Kindergarten students and fifth-graders from Columbus Signature Academy — Fodrea Campus conceived the event, planned it, and even made homemade dog treats and dog-related cookbooks to boost money raised.

“We felt like it was a huge success,” said Charity Nordyke, a Fodrea kindergarten teacher who worked with the students and other organizers. “We would consider doing it again, but it’s really up to the students.”

The students came up with the idea for the walk as part of their hands-on, project-based, service-oriented learning, Nordyke said. Students had just studied lessons on basic health and also on animals shortly after a humane society representative asked youngsters if they would be interested in hosting a fundraiser for the organization.

“The students combined what they were learning in class and came up with a dog walk to promote healthy bodies for the whole family including their pet,” Nordyke said.

Children also designed T-shirts and asked businesses to cover part of the costs of the shirts by adding their businesses names to the shirts. A dog show contest amid the walk also raised additional funds.

The Young Marines also helped the cause by collecting a variety of needed humane society supplies, from dog food to boxes doubling as cat toys for animals awaiting adoption.

“The kids worked so hard for a very long time,” said Wendy Elwood, an event volunteer and humane society board member.

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