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POTSDAM — A trio of fourth-grade students at Lawrence Avenue Elementary School organized a community service project inspired by the book “Kids in Business.”

Brooke Joyce, Saanvi Dhaniyala and Mallory Greene sent a letter home to parents of elementary students, who then came through in a big way with more than $900 in donations, as well as dozens of other items to benefit the animals at the Potsdam Humane Society.

Judith Butler-Daggett, who teaches the girls, said the three took the book’s message to heart.

“The message was no matter how young you are you can make a difference somehow by using your creativity and resources around you,” Ms. Butler-Daggett said.

After she was approached by the pupils about doing a community service project, Ms. Butler-Daggett said, she told them to put together a plan and get back to her.

“A few days later, they had a plan that included a donation drive for the Potsdam Humane Society,” she said. “Together, we worked out all the details, including involving the rest of the class in this worthy project.” The effort then was advertised throughout the school, and Potsdam’s Pizza Hut donated a pizza party to help boost the effort.

In the letter sent home to parents, the girls wrote, “Helping to support the Potsdam Humane Society is very important to us. Along with our classmates, we have organized a ‘Cause for Paws’ donation drive.”

At the conclusion of the drive, Ms. Butler-Daggett’s class visited the Humane Society to make the donation in person.

The field trip also gave the students an opportunity to visit and play with some of the animals at the shelter who are waiting for homes, including cats, dogs, ferrets and even a pot-bellied pig.

“Something my class took away from this experience is that no matter how old you are or how much you are able to give or contribute, by all working together and creating ideas, big things can happen.”

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