Instead of exchanging Valentine’s Day cards last Thursday the students in the Wewahitchka Elementary School pre-K class engaged in a bit of puppy love.
The students spent the first part of their day at the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society where they dropped off bags of donated items for the dogs – from good to chew food to chew toys – and took an opportunity to meet some of the current residents.
“This is our second year doing this,” said teacher Darlene Ake. “Instead of exchanging cards they really can’t read anyway, we decided to do this.
“We kept reading so much in the paper about how (the humane society) needed this kind of stuff and this seemed like a cool idea.”
The dogs certainly thought so.
Shelter director Melody Townsend and her staff brought out several shelter dogs that despite cool temperatures basked in the warmth thrown off by the students who clamored to be up front and center for some petting and tummy rubbing.
Several students piped up that they would take this dog or that cat – the students also got some face time with the cats in the feline pen – with them and provide a good home and Ake continually urged the students to remember the humane society and the needy animals they were ladling some loving on.
“If you want a cat or a dog, you know where to tell your mom and dad to come,”Ake said repeatedly.
After enjoying time with some of the dogs and cats at the shelter, the children, with a huge assist from their parents who came along for the fun, scooped up a half dozen bags of donated food and toys and carried them into the shelter for future use.
“They are really a giving bunch and they have fun,” Ake said. “They collected a lot of stuff.”