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Madison students lead Cause for Paws

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MASSENA - Madison Bently loves animals and chose to do something about it.

“I had to bring my puppy to the Massena shelter and I couldn’t sleep because I kept thinking about her. And the idea just came to me; it just popped into my head to raise money to help the animals,” said Madison.

The Madison Elementary fourth grader asked her teacher, Michele Porcaro, if she could hold a fundraiser for the shelter. Madison and a couple of other students researched the Massena Humane Society website to see what the animals needed and decided to start a can and bottle drive called “Cause for Paws.”

“I was proud when we made our goal of $150; and without Mrs. Porcaro, we would have never made it. She inspired our class because we talked about caring for all living things. Half my class was really excited about the idea so we created posters and went to all the classes talking about recycling and how we could raise money for the Humane Society,” said Madison.

“Madison started with a question as to how we could help our local animal shelter and it blossomed into a successful bottle drive for my whole class which raised $166.35 in four weeks. She has taught our class that one person can make a difference,” said Mrs. Porcaro.

Heidi Bradish, director of the Massena Humane Society, accepted the donation at a recent school awards ceremony that also honored Madison.

“I would like to thank Madison, her teacher Mrs. Porcaro and all the children and parents that helped out. Madison took a great idea and with the support of her teacher, fellow classmates and their parents raised $166 for the animals. It is wonderful to see such compassion, generosity and thoughtfulness in young people. Our dogs will benefit greatly from this donation. It will be used to purchase new dog beds and help keep our dogs comfortable,” Ms. Bradish said.

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