School kids team up to help shelter cats

Photo by Milo Hess Lower Manhattan Community Middle School teacher Jessica Kelman, at left, brought kids from her sixth-grade class to Shelter Chic to learn about animal rescue and adoption.

Photo by Milo Hess
Lower Manhattan Community Middle School teacher Jessica Kelman, at left, brought kids from her sixth-grade class to Shelter Chic to learn about animal rescue and adoption.

A group of sixth graders from Lower Manhattan Community Middle School got together to support a local animal rescue project for their service day last month.

They sold hot chocolate to teachers and fellow students every morning and lunch period for a week to raise money, and raked in more than $160.

Their teacher Jessica Kelman said the kids were “super excited to give it to the kittens.”

On Jan. 15, Kelman brought her students to Shelter Chic, a boutique that sells high-end pet accessories to support its work with rescue animals, to donate the cash and learn about pet adoption.

The kids also brought materials from home to make cat toys for the rescue strays they would meet at Shelter Chic.

Jackson McCormick, 12, used a Snapple bottle, a toilet paper roll, some string and a small pill bottle to make a tetherball cat toy.

But for the most part, the kids were more interested in playing with the cats, than that cats were in playing with the toys.

“We met two cats, Adele and Gus,” said McCormick, “Gus was more of a chill cat. Adele was more energetic. She’s a little feisty. She’d hiss at you if you touched her too much.”

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