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First-Graders Raise Funds for Animal Shelter

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As part of a new community service committee, 70 first-graders at Hampton Bays Elementary School teamed up to raise $800 for the Southampton Animal Shelter.

Under the direction of teachers Jonathan DellaSperanza, Diane Hutchison and Kristy Loper, the students met throughout April to organize and design a plan for the fundraiser and awareness campaign. They designed posters, which were hung around the school, made T-shirts to unify the committee and sold bracelets.  

In May, the first-graders will meet with representatives from the animal shelter to present the money they raised and learn more about the shelter.

“These students, even at just 6 and 7 years old, really made a difference by working together,” said DellaSperanza.