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By Toni DeRosa
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Maple's Kidsgiving at shelter


December 12, 2019 | View PDF

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Maple School students gave the Shafter Animal Shelter a large donation for the holidays. Students are, from left, Vice President Megan Bloemhof, President Alysse Biggs, Secretary Ebelin Gomez, Commissioner of Athletics Leah Samarin, Social Chair Francisco Nunez and Treasurer Addyson Hanner.

Students from Maple Elementary School recently gave a large amount of food to the four-legged residents of the Shafter Animal Shelter.

In September, students from Maple attended a leadership conference at Bakersfield College with over 700 students from 100 different schools in Kern County.

The students spent the day learning about student leadership, focusing specifically on ways that could give back to their respective communities.

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From left, Addyson Hanner, Ebelin Gomez, Francisco Nunez, Alysse Biggs, Leah Samarin and Megan Bloemhof were excited to help the animals for the holidays.

A Kern Kidsgiving Day was created for Dec. 6, challenging all the schools to make a commitment to hold a service project around that day. The students at Maple School decided to hold a weeklong food drive for the Shafter Animal Shelter. They collected donations the week leading up to Dec. 6, when they presented the food to the shelter.

"We chose to do the food drive because people don't always think about helping animals, so we wanted to help the shelter at this time of year," said Alyse Biggs, Student Council president,

Another school in the area, Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Wasco, collected food, toys and clothing for the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter. The school decided to help the shelter because many students in the area come from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, and they know the struggle of being in need this time of year.

Maple's student body secretary, Ebelin Gomez, said, "It felt really good to be helping today." Biggs shared this sentiment: "It felt nice to give food to the animals,and I felt really proud to be on our Student Council."


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