Prospect, Santek Raise Funds & Supplies for SPCA
BEST Partners Prospect Elementary School and Santek Waste Services collected more than $1,600 and 500 pounds of kitty litter for the SPCA of Bradley County last week.
BEST is an acronym for Business and Education Serving Together, and is sponsored by the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.
Each year, the school and local business partner on a service project to meet the needs of a local charity. While Santek employees were gathering supplies, the school's students were collecting pennies during a five-day, school-wide effort called Puppy Love at Prospect Week.
In addition to the penny drive, students and staff participated in a pet parade, paw party with tasting booths, a classroom door decorating contest, and a dog house construction competition.
Each event and day sported an animal theme during the week of Feb. 12. A school assembly was held this week to announce the winners of the pet parade and contests as well as the results of the supply and penny drives.
"We decided to partner with Santek to help the SPCA because it does so much to place abandoned and neglected dogs and cats in forever homes," said Michele Dunkle, Prospect's guidance counselor.
"The outpouring of support from our students and faculty was a great indication of our school's love for pets and their welfare."
Santek Executive Vice President of Marketing Cheryl Dunson said her personal experience with SPCA prompted her interest to fundraise for the organization because of its dependency on donations from individuals and businesses.
"When I presented the idea of partnering with Prospect to support SPCA, there was no hesitancy from school officials," Dunson said. "It's been a great fundraiser that I hope we can build upon in the years to come."
SPCA board of directors President Alana Haney said she was impressed with students' efforts and appreciates the combined effort between Santek and Prospect.
"We rely heavily on support from the community to help us meet the needs of our homeless animals," Haney said.
"What Santek and Prospect have done together proves great things can be accomplished for our abandoned animal population if people put their concern into action," Haney added.
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