A group of South Abington Elementary School third graders, who call themselves "Paws for Peace," are advocating for the elimination of puppy mills, while trying to support the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. They approached Principal Robert Bugno in November for permission to take on the project. According to Bugno, the students have been very dedicated to the cause.
Cole Chichura wrote a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama detailing the project and according to Bugno, the President sent back an acknowledgement which noted that these are the kinds of things the country needs to do. The group planned to make posters and design a website
"They want to raise money to support the animal shelter," Bugno said. "They still have a high level of enthusiasm and are working hard to raise money. According to Bugno, one of the girls recently accepted donations for the shelter instead of receiving gifts at her birthday party. Other members of the group will be selling bandannas and bracelets.
"They are organizing a lot of different activities trying to raise more money," Bugno said.
In the next few weeks, they will be writing a letter to Ellen Miles, the author of the book ("Chewy & Chica") that inspired their project.
The group planned to perform a skit during PTA Reflection in an effort to increase awareness to their cause and potentially inspire other children to work on the project.