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4th graders reach out to dog shelter

Students from St. Lawrence Schools fourth grade class are seen holding a variety of donated items from dog and cat food to blankets to be given to the Lawrence County Animal Shelter.

Students from St. Lawrence Schools fourth grade class are seen holding a variety of donated items from dog and cat food to blankets to be given to the Lawrence County Animal Shelter.

There were bags and bags of dog treats, flea shampoo, 15-pound bags of chow and a hand-knitted blanket by Chloe Sheridan.

All the things man’s best friends could want or need. And all of it was going to the Lawrence County Animal Shelter, thanks to the fourth graders at St. Lawrence School.

It was their Pound Presents from Santa Paws and all the students in Melissa Iery’s class made a generous contribution to those at the dog pound. That’s because all are animal lovers.

Laiken Unger can’t imagine not having her 2-year-old Weimaraner,

Lugar, at home, so she was happy to help out those at the pound.

“It is great to do this and give them things they don’t have,” Laiken said.

Connor Waller has an 8-month-old Golden Retriever named Jackson and doesn’t like to think of dogs not having loving homes like his.

“It makes me sad,” he said.

The special fundraiser goes along with the school making its traditional Christmas donation to the City Mission. This was the first year for the St. Lawrence class to contribute to the pound, but Iery wants to make it an annual event.

“We love our animals,” Iery said.