GALLIPOLIS — Mrs. Barbara O’Donnell’s seventh-grade homeroom students of Ohio Valley Christian School gave a food and supplies donation to the Gallia County Canine Shelter on Tuesday morning.
According to O’Donnell, seven of her students helped donate around 200 pounds of dog food to the shelter as part of a service project. According to Gallia County Dog Warden Laurie Cardillo, a few of the dog food bags weight around 50 pounds and others weighed around 20 pounds. A few blankets, as well as toys and other supplies, were also given in good spirit to the animals.
Roughly seven students raised the food as part of a service project the class acts upon a little more than five times a year.
“There were some blankets and a few toys and mostly puppy food (donated),” O’Donnell said. “It was a service project. We talked about some different people we would like to help. Unanimously, the canine shelter was chosen by students. We’re going to go out Friday to play with the dogs and run them and do whatever we can to help and spend the afternoon.”
O’Donnell serves as the children’s homeroom teacher. She said her students would like to more service projects like the food donation. She said her eighth graders gave her a hard time for not having done the project with them the prior year.
According to the teacher, there are roughly 130 students in Ohio Valley Christian School. O’Donnell teaches seventh- and eighth-grade students. She has a fourth-grade math class and a senior math class. She said one of her service classes goes to a youth camp every year near Portsmouth and does a service project in that area as well. She noted one year some of her students helped clean up parks in Gallipolis by collecting sticks and trash after a storm.
“The kids just love the dogs,” O’Donnell said. “That’s why I suggested this project. I think nearly everyone has a dog.”
Cardillo said the shelter is always open to food or supply donations in its never-ending quest to patrol the canine problems of Gallia County. With warmer weather just around the corner, the dogs of the shelter will once again be able to enjoy being outside a little more often than before. Cardillo felt it was a good start to a spring season.
“Those kids are everyday heroes,” Cardillo said. “These kids were adamant about doing something to help the dogs.”
For more information on how to get involved with the shelter, contact (740) 441-0207.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.