Kenny Hasbrouck Visits Yates Elementary School to Reward Local Youths
April 29, 2009
During February and March three Schenectady elementary schools, Zoller, Van Corlear and Yates, participated in the Animal Protective Foundation's first "Pennies for Pets" program and raised over $2,800 for the shelter. Today, the APF joined forces with Siena senior Kenny Hasbrouck to kick off a series of school celebrations and shelter visits to honor these caring children for their efforts.
Hasbrouck visited Yates, which raised the most money toward the initiative. A lifelong animal lover, Hasbrouck congratulated the students for their hard work and talked about topics ranging from the pets he had while growing up to the importance of staying in school and setting goals. Hasbrouck presented each fifth grade student with a special award to commemorate their achievements.
According to Kim Jess, humane educator for the APF, "We worked with teachers to provide learning activities related to math and animals, and they did a fantastic job of making the project fun and engaging for the kids. More than a fundraiser, the point was to help teach the children that even the most humble of gestures can make a difference, as well as to have them experience the joy of helping someone else. We were simply overwhelmed by the success of these schools."
Hasbrouck states, "I am honored that the Animal Protective Foundation thought of me to recognize the accomplishments of the kids who participated in this program. I enjoyed meeting with the children who helped raise so much money for this important cause and sharing my love for animals with them. Ultimately, I would love to visit the shelter to see the animals that were impacted by this initiative."
The APF also wishes to thank Toyota and Scion of Clifton Park, program sponsor; First New York Federal Credit Union of Glenville, for counting all the coins; Subway and Pizza Hut of Glenville for donating food; as well as the Browns, who were instrumental in the development of this program.
For more information, contact Marguerite Pearson at (158) 374-3944, ext. 113.