Students raise funds for animal shelter

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Students at the Texas Education Center in Denton are working to raise money to purchase supplies for the city of Denton Animal Shelter.

Through Wednesday, eight 10th-grade students at the charter school are accepting donations at www.gofundme.com/shelterfriends. The students have a goal to raise $1,000, and as of Monday evening, $275 had been collected.

Erica Goforth, an English teacher at the school who is leading the effort, said she and her students intend to get supplies to the shelter prior to the holidays so that animals are cared for. Within the last month, she said her class full of animal-lovers has sent e-mails, posted messages on social media sites and passed out fliers to encourage people to support their efforts.

“I just think it’s really encouraging that a group of kids want to make a difference,” Goforth said. “It’s wonderful.”

According to the donation website, initially the 10th-grade students at the Texas Education Center in Denton raised $20 and wanted to turn their efforts “into something more” to help sustain the lives of animals at the shelter until they’re adopted.

Officials with the animal shelter say they wouldn’t be able to function without the support and supplies donated by the community.

Goforth said she and her students share a love for animals and want to do whatever they can to support animals at the local shelter.

“If we can just get supplies to those animals ... then they’re likely to be adopted,” she said.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.


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