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Peter's Pals

Children hold Jog-a-Thon to benefit dog in need

Kind News magazine, Oct/Nov 2016

  • Students take to the track to raise money for a dog in need of surgery. Photo by Darcy Zimmerman

Running two miles around the school track isn't exactly at the top of most fifth-graders' lists of fun things to do. But students in Ms. Zimmerman's class at Mark Twain School in Angels Camp, California, gladly laced up their running shoes to raise money to help a dog in need.

Ms. Zimmerman told her students about Peter, a dog who had a rough start in life. At less than a year old, Peter's owners found out that he had a problem with his hip that was very painful. Medicine helped to relieve the pain but it was very expensive. For Peter to have a good quality of life, he needed surgery. But his owners couldn't afford the costly operation and had to leave him at the veterinary hosptial.

"I love dogs and when I heard about Peter I felt so sad for him," says student Trisha Fritts.

Pounding the pavement

Ms. Zimmerman's class decided to hold a Jog-a-Thon to raise money for Peter's operation.

"At first I felt like the Jog-a-Thon was just to get us to run laps," says student Michael Cox, "but then I got hooked on helping this dog."

"I just wanted to make a difference in Peter's life," adds classmate Chance Wood.

News of the Jog-a-Thon spread throughout the school. Before long, five other classes signed up to participate in the event.

"I started receiving pledges and donations from all kinds of people in our school community," says Ms. Zimmerman. "Overall, between pledges, checks, dollar bills and pennies, we raised $3,180.64!"

As Kind News went to press, plans were being made for Peter's surgery.


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