Teacher’s Pet Contest at Long Meadow Elementary School

Luca de Dufour, Grade 1 (left), and Nathan Bouchard, Grade 3 (right), help to sort the pet food donations from the Teacher’s Pet Contest and Food Drive at Long Meadow Elementary School. Donations were given to Brass City Rescue Alliance in Middlebury and Animals for Life in Naugatuck.

MIDDLEBURY – Long Meadow Elementary School (LMES) recently held their 17th annual “Teacher’s Pet” contest, raising $300 for Animals for Life (AFL) in Naugatuck, and $300 for Brass City Rescue Alliance (BCRA) in Middlebury.
Staff members paid $5 to enter pictures of their pets, and students and staff then filled out a ballot for 50 cents and voted for their favorite pet in each of four categories.
The winning pets were “Fluke,” a puppy owned by Ann Willliams, LMES Paraprofessional for the cutest pet. “Norman,” a dog owned by Janine Torpey, LMES School Psychologist for the best outfit. “Dahlia,” a dog owned by Lynn Fowler, LMES Kindergarten Teacher, won the best smile category. And the Prettiest Kitty went to “Willow,” owned by Christina Mabb, LMES Paraprofessional.
The contest, organized by Carol Walsh, LMES Secretary, has raised money for local animal shelters every year since 2005. To date, the school has raised over $9,500 in addition to donated pet supplies.
In addition to the cash donations, dog and cat food, toys and treats were collected and given to the shelters.
Both organizations expressed much gratitude for the continued generous efforts of Long Meadow Elementary School.
For information on AFL, please visit animalsforlife.org. Additional information on Brass City Rescue Alliance can be found at brasscityrescuealliance.org.

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