Junior School Fourth Graders Collect Seven Carloads of Donations for Humane Animal Rescue

Fourth Grade Furry Friends collection tableThe Shady Side Academy Junior School fourth grade class collected seven carloads of donations for Humane Animal Rescue (HAR) via the class' annual Furry Friends Project the week of May 19-22.

Despite the school building being closed due to COVID-19, students found a creative way to continue the annual class service project. Families were asked to drive up and drop off shelter and animal-friendly donations at the main entrance of the Junior School anytime during the week. Items collected included dog and cat food, clean blankets and towels, and hand and dish soap.

Fourth grade students promoted the drive through video announcements at a virtual all-school assembly and a flyer raising awareness for the cause. Fourth grade teachers Lisa Budd and Marci Anderson picked up the donated items at the end of each day and delivered them to HAR.

HAR Manager of Humane and Wildlife Education Alexis Fitzgerald also joined a fourth grade Zoom class to teach the students about the mission and purpose of the Humane Animal Rescue shelters in the Pittsburgh area.

Alexis Fitzgerald of HAR speaking to students via ZoomHumane Animal Rescue provides temporary shelter, food, medical attention and comfort to abandoned, neglected and injured animals brought to their shelters. Learn more at

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