Mohawk Intermediate Center students who are concerned about abandoned animals and their fate established Saving Animals for Everyone at the Park Forest school to benefit the South Suburban Humane Society, of Chicago Heights. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 29, 2013 5:01PM
A group of students at Mohawk Intermediate Center in Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 who are concerned about abandoned animals established Saving Animals for Everyone to benefit the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights.
Third- through sixth-grade students were researching endangered species when they realized they could help animals locally, according to Hannah Radostits, a media and technology assistant at Mohawk in Park Forest and sponsor of S.A.F.E.
“The students decided to make the South Suburban Humane Society the beneficiary of their efforts,” Radostits said.
“With the formation of S.A.F.E, they conducted a drive at school to collect food and other items that would fulfill the society’s wish list
“It was successful so they launched another drive to collect money. Thanks to our school’s students and staff, S.A.F.E. was able to donate $316.13 to the South Suburban Humane Society”
Sixth-grade student Jose Lopez said, “I feel it’s amazing to give back to my town and all animals everywhere. I helped the best I could and in the end it worked out.”
Third-grade student Zackary Zamot said, “I felt happy that I could try to stop animal cruelty. My dog was abused so I am happy that I can help animals in any way I can.”
Sixth-grade student Joshua Barnes, cofounder of S.A.F.E. with classmate John Cummins, said, “The S.A.F.E. committee is really just a way for all of us kids to help animals and our communities. In other words, it’s just plain awesome.”