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Students use ice cream to help animals

Oak Street Elementary Students are holding an ice cream social

Oak Street Elementary School students gather around Adirondack Humane Society Manager Lil Cassidy for a chance to pet one of the cats she brought in.

Oak Street Elementary School students gather around Adirondack Humane Society Manager Lil Cassidy for a chance to pet one of the cats she brought in. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— Johnny, Gideon and Geronimo crept around the edges of the cafeteria, sniffing at tables and chairs and stopping for an occasional scratch behind the ears or under the chin.

A chorus of grinning fourth graders called their names, eager for a chance to pet the animals.

In roughly a week from the day the animals visited Oak Street Elementary School, the students would be holding an ice cream social to raise money for the Adirondack Humane Society.

“I love the ability for them to raise such a large amount of money and then give it away,” said Amanda Madore, a fourth grade teacher at Oak Street Elementary School. “This gives them motivation to help animals.”

At Oak Street Elementary School, all fourth graders are involved in a project that raises money for the Adirondack Humane Society. On Thursday, March 8, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., students will hold a ice cream social at Oak Street School.

It is open to anyone in the community and the cost is $1 for two scoops and .10 cents per topping. The event will also feature a 50/50 raffle, while Bill McBride donated a car detailing and there will be a drawing for a ice cream basket and Stewart’s gift card.

The students will run the event, taking orders, serving and making change.

Stewart’s is donating the ice cream.

“We want to teach the kids how they can help locally in their community,” said Wendy Parker, another fourth grade teacher at Oak Street Elementary School. “I think they get a feeling os self worth knowing they are helping the animals and get a feeling of pride. Some take it to the next step and become volunteer dog walkers.”

Fourth Grader Josh Bleaux is eager to help the Humane Society.

“They have so many animals and need stuff to help them.”

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