HAZARD — Mrs. Marcia Ward’s fifth-grade class at A.B. Combs Elementary delivered the donations they collected during their community service project to the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter (KRRAS) on Monday.
The project collected 400 cans of food, more than 40 bags of dog and cat food, 100 pounds of cat litter, 25 boxes of treats, more than 30 rolls of paper towels, puppy pads, and toys.
“I think it went really well,” said Ward about the success of the community service project.
After the students, teachers, and A.B Combs Elementary Principal Jamie Fugate unloaded the donations, Ward asked the students to gather around her.
“I’m very, very proud of you all,” said Ward.
The students then took a tour of the animal shelter’s facility. They were even able to give some of the dogs treats.
“I thought it was really nice,” said fifth-grader Noah Back.
Back said he wants to do this form of community service again, a sentiment Ward said her other students shared.
Principal Fugate said he was excited when Ward told him her students were doing a community service project for the animal shelter.
“We have a really good group of fifth-grade students. We have a really good population of students in general,” said Fugate.
Fugate said the Central Office has always been supportive of projects like this one.
He was surprised of how many donations the students collected at each of their three locations. Donation boxes were set up at both Save-A-Lot stores and the Big Lots store. One donation box was set near the front office of A.B. Combs Elementary.
Fugate said it was teachers and staff job to teach students empathy, morals, and leadership. He said this project teaches them all three.
“I think by doing projects like this, we are preparing them for life. We also are giving them a high-quality of education,” said Fugate.
Most of all, though, Fugate said he appreciated his staff tremendously, “I really appreciate what my staff does for my kids. This is a great example of what A.B. Combs Elementary is all about. It is a great example of what our community is about. I’m proud to be a part of A.B. Combs Elementary.”
Ward wants to thank Big Lots Manager James Pence, Save-A-Lot Regional Manager Steve Stollings, Principal Fugate, her husband Kevin Ward, and Parkway Pharmacy for their support in the community service project.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald. He can be reached at 606-629-3245.