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A Love of Animals Really "Pays Off" For St. Anne Kindergarten Students

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Landon Houle, an English Early Learning Kindergarten student at St. Anne School, gets a counting lesson with money as he works with Gr.7 students Jared Sysiuk (left) and Chris Hein (right) to count and roll donated pennies. Landon and his classmates call themselves the "ABC'S" (all because of caring students) and are collecting pennies to donate to animal centres within the City of Greater Sudbury.

December 9, 2011 - The English Early Learning Students at St. Anne School in Hanmer are on a mission. They plan on helping out as much of Sudbury's animal population as much as they can. Earlier in the fall, the young students from within the Sudbury Catholic School Board nicknamed themselves "The ABC'S". (All Because of Caring Students). They brainstormed and came up with a fundraising idea to purchase items that could help out the communities injured or needy animals. Through the help of local businesses like Hanson Family Dentistry and Paula's Canine Country Club, as well as contributions from family and friends, the students put their logo on small donation cans that ask for one penny. The cans were placed at the businesses by the student's teacher, Cheryl MacRury. The students chose a penny because it was the only piece of money that most of them recognized. Although a penny doesn't seem like much, the donations collected have really been "paying off"! Within the first two weeks and with the help of Mrs. Belanger's English Grade 7 class, the older and younger students were able to count and roll out over 1300 pennies. If the fullness of the donation cans is any indication, the second round of collecting promises to be double that of the first. The students have chosen to make their first donation to the Wild At Heart Animal Refuge. Using counting charts, the penny values of items, and real life pictures of objects from the refuge's list, the young Catholic students will choose which donations they can afford to purchase and present them to the Center as Christmas gifts for its injured wildlife. Who says little people can't make a difference? Christmas for the English Kindergarten children at St. Anne School allows them to tell everyone that the "spirit of giving" feels great!

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