CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools student initiated a school-wide donation drive called Students to the Rescue to benefit the Carolina Pet Adoption and Welfare Society.
The donation drive was held from Nov. 18 through Friday and the J.V. Washam Elementary student initiated the drive after reading about abandoned puppies.
Fifth-grader Morgan Tsui said she came up with the idea after reading a story about Carolina PAWS recent rescue of eight puppies left on a porch in Union County.
They had been abandoned with no food and little water.
"After reading about the puppies, I thought about what I could do to help," said Morgan.
Tsui organized a presentation that emphasized the living conditions of homeless animals, how her school could get involved and how a donation drive could help. She sent the presentation to her school principal, Rachel Williams, and asked to meet with her.
Williams says that what struck her the most was Morgan's compassion and sense of community.
"Her presentation was well thought out and I admire her initiative," said Williams. "She is setting a great example for all of our students. We are very proud of her."
Morgan was allowed to place four donation bins in different areas of the school.
Morgan, who has three dogs and two cats, said that she wants people to realize that animals should be given lots of love and that they deserve to be treated with kindness.
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