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Students sponsor Thanksgiving pet food drive
Riverton Middle School students from the Builders Club got together with club adviser Michelle Widmayer after school Nov. 22 to collect pet food donations from drop-off locations in Riverton. Photo provided by Michelle Widmayer

Students sponsor Thanksgiving pet food drive

Nov 29, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Riverton Middle School Builders Club is making sure even the family pet gets a holiday meal this Thanksgiving.

The community service club, which is part of the Riverton Kiwanis Club family, planned a pet food drive and collected more than 350 items. The event is a first for the group.

The school-wide pet food drive accepted Purina brand dog and cat food at the school and in different locations throughout Riverton. On Friday, the middle school students gathered the donated items and delivered them to Paws for Life Animal League. Any pet food that was not Purina brand was donated to members of the community.

Club adviser Michelle Widmayer said students were excited to collect the items for the pets in the community.

"They thought, 'Since we get to eat beautiful things during Thanksgiving, so should the pets,'" Widmayer said.

She said roughly 300 items were collected at the school, and more than 70 items were collected at drop-off locations. Fremont Counseling and the Fremont County School District 25 administration also collected more than $100 to donate to Paws for Life Animal League, she said.

Classrooms competed against each other to see who could generate more donations, and the winning class will get to have a party to celebrate.

The winners were Cindy Thomas's fifth-grade class, Toi Porter's sixth-grade class, Sue Gosnell's seventh-grade class and Debbie Aschenbrenner's eighth-grade class.

She said donations were still being collected Monday, and all late donations are welcome.

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