When the Herkimer County Humane Society made a plea for supplies for 12 neglected dogs seized from a Herkimer home, staff and students at Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School in Mohawk stepped up to help.
Student council advisor Michael Arcuri first considered a fundraiser, but faced a problem — the new school had yet to elect student council officers. Without a functioning student government, how could he organize a fund drive?
The answer came when he approached the school’s 14 student council officer candidates. The group agreed to “set aside their campaign differences” and to unite for a good cause. They organized a Hat Day on Oct. 22. For a contribution, students could wear a normally-prohibited hat in school for the day. By day’s end, adults and students had raised $243.75.
On Oct. 28, eight of the candidates took time from class to present the donation to the humane society’s Amanda Moroz and Mounds, a seven-year-old Pit Bull awaiting adoption.
Moroz thanked the students and said the money will help purchase needed food and supplies for the humane society’s resident dogs and cats.
The Jarvis Student Council encourages community service and student participation, promotes a positive school environment and fosters school pride through a wide range of school activities.