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Puppy time at school

Pawesome Four assist Humane Society

The Waupaca Middle School Destination Imagination team held a supply drive for the Humane Society of Waupaca County.

The team of eighth-grade girls came up with a plan to motivate students to bring supplies.

The “Pawesome Four” decided to hold a competition between homerooms at WMS and Waupaca Learning Center. Whoever collected the most supplies would win “puppy time.”

After getting approval from school administration, the girls got to work figuring out details and a timeline.

They used the list on the Humane Society’s website as a guide for asking for specific donations.

The Waupaca Area Miracle Tree let them borrow the boxes (donated by Gusmer Enterprises) they will use this Christmas, for their collection boxes in the classrooms. And the Humane Society offered to lend them some puppies for the “puppy time” reward.

The supply drive took place from Nov. 6-16. It didn’t take long before reports of overflowing boxes started coming in, so the team ended up doing multiple collections before Nov. 16.

They collected more than 2,000 items, ranging from paper towels and cleaning supplies to more 900 pounds of pet food, as well as $394.

Winning classrooms include: 4K – Frosch (75 items), kindergarten – Kennedy (74), first grade – Blonde (66), second grade – Riggle (104), third grade – Parent (116), fourth grade – Williams (118), fifth grade – Phair (70), sixth grade – Waitrovich (50), seventh grade – Binning (39), eighth grade – Wilson (37). Each class was able to spend about 15 minutes with Great Dane puppies, Madison and Moose.

As part of their Destination Imagination project, the team tallied every item collected and will use that data in their presentation at the Regional Tournament in February 2018.

The category the Pawesome Four will be competing in, Project Outreach, empowers youth to make an impact on their communities by working together to help meet a community need.

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