Annual "Pennies for Pets" at James Bowie Elementary!|
The kindergarten children at James Bowie Elementary School in
Baytown collected and donated $91 to Baytown Humane Society during this year's
Pennies for Pets Campaign! Thanks to these young Americans, another animal
will be made adoptable and find a great home.
James Bowie kindergarten teachers, Janie Harris, Asha Kenebrew, Dana Loria,
and Kim Reel are teaching their students to count to 50 AND to give to a worthy
cause, all in tandem!
For the third consecutive year, the youngest children at James Bowie have
gathered thousands of pennies for the penny cards that hold 50 and then donated
the total to help the animals at their Humane Society!
When Baytown Humane Society attends the presentation ceremony, we always bring
along an animal from the Society to show the children what wonderful pets can be
adopted from shelters and to let them see an example of how their donation will
YOU, James Bowie Kindergarten
It's a wonderful program that accomplishes so many purposes! The children
learn to count to 50; The children learn to give to a worthy cause; The children
learn to be gentle and have respect for animals; The children learn a little
about adopting an animal and how to properly care for it; The Humane Society
receives a wonderful donation to help the animals in its care and helps to
cultivate responsible pet owners of the future!
Classes of 2003
Here are some other pictures from that day!
Children at James Bowie Elementary School are at The Top of the Class!!
the Check to Marilyn Kinney of Baytown Humane Society (from the left)
are: Clay Kogut, Niki Gonzalez, (Kinney), Jason Imme, and Christian
Rufus moves around the children in a crawl
to be loved on.
James Bowie kindergarten classes of Ms. Janie Harris, Ms. Javona Jordan, Ms.
Dana Loria, and Ms. Jennifer Wade held a "Pennies for Pets" campaign
for the second consecutive year. This year, these young children collected
9,095 pennies which translates into a donation to Baytown Humane Society in the
amount of $90.95. There was also a nice bag of dog treats, cat collars,
and pet toys donated to the animals.
The effort, spearheaded by Ms. Javona Jordan, serves a dual purpose. The
teachers utilize the collection of pennies to teach the children to count; and
the children then donate the collection to Baytown Humane Society to help the
homeless animals of the region.
Baytown Humane Society's Chairman, Marilyn Kinney says, "We are so grateful
for the donation, and equally happy that these children are learning to
contribute their time and money to a cause they really care about. How
wonderful it is for them to be taught at such a young age to identify a cause
they believe in and then to do whatever they can to support that cause. It
can be something as simple as collecting pennies. Every effort
"Rufus," a Basset/German Shepherd mix who was rescued from an Animal
Control facility, was on-hand to accept the contribution on behalf of other
homeless animals in Baytown. He was also there as an ambassador of good
will to bring together animal and human innocents.
The children LOVED Rufus and he ADORED them and all the attention they heaped
upon him. Even children who were at first afraid to touch a dog were
giving him hugs by the time he had to leave.
The children listened intently to Rufus' story and saw in him a prime example of
how their $90.95 contribution would be used. Rufus came into Baytown
Humane Society's Foster Care Program as a sick, very frightened and hopeless
dog. But, thanks to donations such as this, Rufus is no longer to be
pitied! He is healthy, happy and in a foster home that adores him. The
future is bright for Rufus. And the contribution made by these very young
children will brighten the future for some other hopeless animal!
To all the kindergarten children at James Bowie, from all the animals you will
help with your donation, Rufus says, "THANK YOU for your kindness and may
you always find a sunny spot in which to nap!"
From Baytown Humane Society to the four teachers who made this possible, we
stand in admiration of your effort to teach America's young MORE than reading,
writing and arithmetic. Thank You!
|Marilyn explains about taking care of pets
||Rufus being a clown during Marilyn's
|Rufus gets a hand, or should that be HANDS
||Rufus gets a hug from a little girl
|Rufus is a Ham
||Rufus just cannot get enough lovin
|Rufus shows that dogs bring people together
||The students just adore Rufus
|Everyone waits patiently for their turn to pet Rufus
||More Hugs for Roo Roo
|Rufus crawls to the students
||Rufus is in dog heaven
|Rufus would rather pets than helping with the story
||The children are fascinated by Rufus
|The children form a line to bid farewell to Rufus
||A little boy HUGS Roo-Roo Good Bye
|Bye bye Roo Roo
great BIG Thank You to the James Bowie Elementary School in 2002.
From the Left: Isaias Maza; Alexis Burndt; Joie Schwartz;
Nicholas Garcia, Marilyn Kinney, Chairman of BHS; Destiny Randall; Jett
Jordan; Maritza Jimenez; and John Kraeer
kindergarten classes of James Bowie Elementary School raised 11,265 pennies for
the homeless pets in Baytown's shelter. The children in the classes of
Mrs. Jordan, Mrs. Liles, Mrs. Loria, and Mrs. Washburn collected, counted, and
wrapped pennies to be donated to Baytown Animals' Concerned Citizen Responders (BHS) the volunteer group who does volunteer work and buys supplies beyond
what the City provides for the animals in Baytown's Animal Shelter.
The $112.65 was presented to BHS just before Christmas in a presentation
ceremony at James Bowie Elementary School. Mary Campbell, the Shelter
Manager and Marilyn Kinney, Chairman of BHS, were on hand to receive the gift
and to tell the children how their efforts will help the animals at the shelter.
The children were delighted to know that their money will be so helpful to so
many homeless dogs and cats in the animal shelter.
Kinney commented, "To know how powerful a penny collection campaign can be
is a great thing for these children to learn. For them to know that every
little bit helps, is something that might encourage them to always try to do
their part, no matter how small, for any worthwhile cause. These little tykes
were so excited and happy to help, and their donation is truly a sizable one
when it comes to buying vaccines or mothers' replacement milk and other such
things not provided by the City at the Shelter. Good for them and God
Shelter Manager, Mary Campbell said, "The things BHS purchases with
donations like this are very helpful to the well-being of the animals at the
shelter. It helps keep the animals healthier, more comfortable and makes
them more adoptable. We have so many homeless animals in the shelter that
would make wonderful pets." "The fact that kindergarten children
have raised this much money is amazing," added Campbell.