At Foothills Elementary School, art teacher Ellen Enger has come up with a creative way to raise money for homeless pets in the community and teach her students about responsible pet ownership at the same time. To honor February as Responsible Pet Ownership Month, the 66 students of Enger’s kindergarten art class as well as 77 3rd grade art students constructed and painted papier-mâché cat and dog piggy banks, then distributed them around the Rockrimmon area to collect donations for HSPPR during the month of March.
In addition to making the piggy banks, students have learned about philanthropy and giving back to their community, as well as the importance of responsible pet treatment and ownership.
“I have always been passionate about how art can help the community and bring people together, and this is a major pillar of my teaching philosophy,” Enger said. “The students are so excited to help the critters of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and cannot wait to see how much we have fundraised for them. This is an important lesson to show them how we can take a role in our communities and make changes!”
The cat and dog piggy banks are located at the following businesses:
- Bank of the San Juans (3204 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80904)
- Centennial Animal Hospital (6870 Centennial Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80919)
- High Country Quilts (4727 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918)
- Salsa Brava (802 Village Center Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80919)
- Oliver’s Deli (6602 Delmonico Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80919)
All proceeds will be donated to Pike’s Peak Humane Society. Those interested in supporting Ms. Enger’s students with their fundraiser can donate up until March 31.