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Kids rally for animals

A group of grade three/four students in Rutland took it upon themselves to bake and create to help the Kelowna SPCA.

After weeks of hard work, making arts and crafts and baking at home, Madame Patenaude's class at Belgo Elementary school ended up raising over $400 for the SPCA.

Wednesday morning the class presented their cash, with pride, to assistant manager of the Kelowna SPCA, Cam Buksa. He then shared tips and stories from the SPCA.

“The kids are so excited about this and so Cam came from the SPCA.  We chose the SPCA because we are so fond of animals and their work and the SPCA gives so much to us,” explained Patenaude.

The kids, and their parents, worked hard preparing for the bake and craft sale. They sold their wares for 50 cents each.

“Our class started it, but the whole school came and all these kids bought cookies and crafts knowing that it was going to a good cause.”

When the sale was done the class had raised $392, but the kids decided that wasn't quite enough, they wanted to break that $400 mark.

“I asked them, 'Well what do you think?',” smiled Patenaude. “They started pulling money out of their pockets, out of the cloak room etc., and it started going up. It would go up by 50 cents, 75 cents, and then we had $401.50, it was great, it was very exciting.”

Madame Patenaude says it was a real group effort and she is very thankful to the parents who were a huge help because they baked at home, and to the kids (aged 8-10) who were so artistic in making so many crafts.

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