COMMERCE CITY — Students from Hanson Elementary School in Commerce City earlier this month donated $550 toward the pets at the Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center.
The gift is from the students of Penny Harvest, a program of the Young Philanthropists Foundation. The Penny Harvest is a school-based service learning and young grant-making program. They collect pennies and decide once a year where the money is going to go. This year, they collected a total of $1,100, splitting it between the Animal Shelter and another organization.
The students chose to put the money towards the Taffy Fund and Catwalk Catalyst. The Taffy Fund is used specifically for injured pets. Since the shelter is limited medically, they use the Taffy Fund in case of x-rays, blood work, etc.
Yvonne Garcia of the Animal Shelter accepted the award on behalf of the shelter.
“This is the first time they chose us,” Garcia said. “Then, out of many organizations, we were asked to go to the school presentation to talk to the students. It was great receiving this gift!”