Students help animals for holidays

CORTLAND — Lakeview High School sophomores are helping make the holidays a little more pleasant for area animals by collecting dog and cat food, animal toys, kitty litter and other items for the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County.

Jenna Waid, a sophomore English teacher, said she held a friendly competition between her five sophomore English classes to see which could bring in the most donations for AWL.

When the competition was done there were more than 1,449 items.

”The students really stepped up and wanted to help the animals. I have been a teacher here for four years and every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas the sophomores take part in some kind of charitable event. Last year, we made cards and care packages for soldiers overseas and the year before held a food drive for the local food pantries. The students are seeing the importance of giving back,” Waid said.

She said she and the students decided since they have helped people for the past three years, this year they would help animals. A wish list of needed items was found on the AWL website.

The top donating classes received cupcakes for bringing in 400 pounds of items.

Waid said she was very impressed with what the students have done. Last year, they collected $300 worth of items for the service members.

”This was a friendly competition. The students are all friends,” Waid said.

Maddy Clark, a sophomore, said she, like many of the students, like animals and was glad to participate in the effort.

”It was nice to be able to do something to help dogs and cats,” said Clark, who brought in toys and pet food.

Abby Langmeyer, a sophomore, said she was happy to be able to do something nice for animals in need of homes.

”It was a lot of fun and for a good cause,” she said.

Waid said most of the donations were placed in her classroom and delivered last week to AWL.