CHILLICOTHE― Chillicothe Intermediate School’s student council raised and donated $2,000 to local animal welfare organizations this month.
The council, which includes grades third through sixth, was started last year by advisor and fifth-grade teacher Mark Virgin. He said the group aims to improve the school and the community.
The group donated the money to Cats & Company and the Ross County Humane Society, which is raising money through its capital campaign to go towards a new building.
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“We thought ‘How can we give back to the community?’ and a lot of the kids came up with ideas and they voted on it and they chose the Humane Society,” Virgin said. “The goal of the student council ultimately is to be able to help give back to the community, give back to the school, give back to the students.”
Sixth-grade student and treasurer Brooklyn Thompson said it was easy for the group to decide where to donate the money, since “everyone likes animals.”
The council raised money in multiple ways, mainly the Ham Jam, a dance for the third and fourth-grade students to celebrate Thanksgiving. Thompson said they raised money by selling tickets, as well as dancing and food at the event.
Virgin said the council is student-run, so they did much of the planning and preparation for the event such as making posters, selling tickets, working concessions and more.
For the council’s next project, they are planning a “Kindness is the Norm” event to encourage thoughtfulness throughout the school. Virgin said the council hopes to plan another dance and to have a “legacy project” to donate something to the building.
Megan Becker is a reporter for the Chillicothe Gazette. Call her at 740-349-1106, email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @BeckerReporting