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WMS Kids That Care group lives up to its name

Winnisquam Middle School’s Kids That Care student run organization recently presented Wendy Douglass of the Franklin Animal Shelter with cash, food and toys donated during a community fundraising drive held by the group. Making the presentation to Douglass are KTC president Camden Steady and board members Lindsay Raymond and Sophia Blanchard. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
March 28, 2012
TILTON — Living up to their club's name, the 18 members of Kids That Care at Winnisquam Middle School showed how much they care about animals by holding a fund and food drive for the Franklin Animal Shelter last month.

"We were looking for something different to do in the community. We pooled our ideas, and finally decided this was a good cause for a nearby shelter," said KTC president Camden Steady.

The students placed donation boxes and spare change buckets at Gale Insurance Agency, Bryant & Lawrence Hardware store, Tilton Town Hall, and Union Sanborn Elementary School. On March 15, members of the group dropped off the many generous donations they received to shelter manager Wendy Douglass.

In the past, the hard working group has picked up litter along Main Street in Tilton, organized school functions such as dances and pep rallies, and operated a food cart during WMS basketball games this winter. The shelter drive was their largest undertaking so far this year, and they were pleased it was such a success.

"We were proud to present nearly $60 and several large boxes filled with toys and food to the shelter. We'd like to send a special thank you out to all the community donors," said Steady.

The shelter's Board of Directors was also very pleased and proud of the members of KTC. Board member Beverly Brewer said it was nice to see the students find a way to become involved with the facility.

"It's great they did this for us. You have to be 18 to volunteer at the shelter, but this is a valuable way the younger students can still help out," Brewer said. "We were very appreciative!"

Brewer said the biggest expense at FAS is veterinary care for the animals, and monetary donations are most gratefully accepted to help in those costs. Other constant needs are kitty litter, paper towels and the nontoxic spray cleaning product Simple Green.

Next up for KTC is a Coins for Cures fundraiser to benefit Boston Children's Hospital. The group has placed jars in each homeroom at WMS for students to deposit their spare change each day over a six week time period. Each class has set a goal for how much money they would like to raise and KTC has set a school wide goal as well. Other fundraising activities will coincide with the coin drive to help boost the final total for WMS.

"The winning school for Coins for Cures will get tickets to Six Flags, so we're trying really hard to raise as much money as we can," Steady said.

KTC has an overseeing board which meets every Tuesday and the entire group gathers on Fridays. Other than transportation when needed, the students operate entirely on their own.

"We're all about showing people that kids do care and can make a difference in the community around us," said Steady.

Franklin Animal Shelter, located at 71 Punch Brook Rd. in Franklin, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Anyone interested in making a donation or adopting a pet is asked to call them at 934-4132 or to stop by during normal hours of operation. More information on their animals and services can a

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