Photo provided                                Memphis Blue with Jhett Glover
Photo provided Memphis Blue with Jhett Glover

ELGIN - In honor of a cherished four-legged friend who recently passed away, a class of second graders at Elgin’s Elementary School hosted a pet supply drive benefiting the dogs at the Elgin Animal Shelter.

When second grade teacher Mrs. Pineo lost her senior dog named Memphis Blue a couple of months ago, she said it was a difficult time for her. Often sharing stories with her students about her furry companion, Mrs. Pineo said she realized they were also affected by the sad loss of her pet.

“It’s really impacted them more than ‘it’s just my teachers’ dog’,” said Mrs. Pineo. “We have a soft spot in our hearts for animals in this classroom.”

Earlier in the year during a Kindness Project, many students used a one dollar they were provided with to make donations to the local animal shelter. Some even raised additional funds and purchased pet food, collars or treats for the cats and dogs up for adoption. After talking to her class about their projects, Mrs. Pineo said she recognized that there is still a “major need” to be addressed.


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