The Highlands School students present a check to Humane Society of Harford County. Pictured, from lefft, Darlenne Dennis, Laura Jones, Kendell McMichael, Erin Long, of the Humane Society; Brooke Ruffin, A. J. Pershing and Cameron Jennings. (January 28, 2013)

On Dec. 7, students from The Highlands School presented a check to the Humane Society of Harford County for money raised from their service club project. From baking cookies, to washing cars, to selling popcorn, they raised $480 for the needy animals of Harford County.

This amount exceeded their goal of $400. Along with the money raised, they also collected a "wish list" of items such as food, treats, bedding, and toys which were also presently to the shelter staff.

"We were honored to accept donations from the youth of the service project club from The Highlands School. The money they raised and the donations they collected will benefit almost 4,500 homeless and neglected animals that pass through our shelter every year," said Erin Long, director of marketing and community outreach for the Humane Society of Harford County.

The Highlands School Service Project Club meets for 10 weeks during the school year. The six-member club decides on what charity they want to help. They then advertise their effort with posters and make announcements throughout the school.


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"I've always told them that one person really can make a difference," said Connie Beckwith, service project club director.

The students got a tour of the facility and were able to spend time cuddling with some animals.