East Texas elementary school collects 500 lbs. of pet products

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 8:54pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 8:56pm

This time of year we hear about schools participating in food and toy drives, but one group of students at Brown Elementary school in Whitehouse chose to change things up a a bit.  The K-Kids decided to donate pet items to a local food pantry.  K-Kids is a select group of first and second graders who do service projects for their community, and come up with the ideas all on their own.

In October the Tyler Kiwanis Club approached the Whitehouse school about starting a junior organization, and Kathy Dintleman, a Brown elementary teacher,  was instantly interested.  "That's what makes teaching so rewarding is watching these kids get excited about it," said Dintleman.

During the K-Kid's first meeting in November,  the kids came up with an idea to make a difference in their community by helping out our furry friends.  They didn't want pets in their community to go hungry, so they collected around 500 pounds of pet food.

Students were busy gathering pet food, treats, and toys.  They even collected worms for frogs to eat!  "It's a good feeling to know that we got that much food," said Bradley Moore, a K-Kid.  "It was a huge success and everybody in the school worked hard," said another K-Kid, Brooklyn Langer.

All of the items were sent to the Whitehouse Food Pantry.  Anthony Johnson, director of the food bank, said it was so inspiring to see what the kids had done.  "I was really blown away, I almost started crying, you know, kind of sounds funny for a grown man to cry for pet food but these kids came out and there was hundreds of pounds of pet food," said Johnson.

Thegroup plans on doing two service projects this spring, and cannot wait to get started.

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