WELLSBURG - Representatives of three Brooke High School clubs presented $2,030 for the Brooke County Animal Shelter during Tuesday's Brooke County Commission meeting.
The money was raised by the Paws and Claws, Leo and French clubs through their second Spring Festival, the sale of $600 in T-shirts, $400 in sponsorships and the collection of coins at four local schools, said Joyce McGeehan, adviser for the French Club.
Held May 18, the Spring Festival included a variety of activities for area residents and their dogs, including an agility course, races and other contests. Most were run by students in the three clubs, said McGeehan, event coordinator.
LENDING A HAND — The Brooke High School Paws and Claws, Leo and French clubs teamed to raise $2,030 for the Brooke County Animal Shelter through their second Spring Festival held May 18. The shelter also received a $210 donation from the school’s Key Club. On hand at Tuesday’s Brooke County Commission meeting were, from left, County Dog Warden Chuck Shreve; French Club member Sarah Wagstaff; shelter Director Donna DeJaro; Paws and Claws member Toby Finsley; French and Leo club member Ashley Clutter; Paws and Claws adviser Michelle Wade; and Leo Club adviser Emily Beall. - Warren Scott
For example, French Club member Emma Wells took photos of dogs with their owners for $5 each, and the photos were developed by Action Images of Wellsburg at no cost.
There also was food for sale and free ice cream donated by Cold Stone Creamery of Wheeling and the Weirton Wal-Mart.
Also on hand were dogs and cats from the animal shelter available for adoption, with the cost for adopters to spay and neuter the animals waived, thanks to funds raised by the festival.
Other students who participated included Kayla Hancher, Sarah Wagstaff, Courtney Fiber, Hannah Armstrong, Tobey Finsley, Lizzie Chuma, Lindsey Willis, A.J. Jeter, Cole Armstrong, Shelby Fisher, Brittany Stapleton, Ashley Brown, Ashley Clutter, Sydney Johnson, Alyssa Rice, Michelle Woodstuff, Tara Gray, Dante Rosso, Brittany Johnson, Alyssa Neville, Kylie Toner, Kylie Selman, Emma Simon, Brianna Meyers, Jackie Carbasho and Destany Walsh.
In addition to McGeehan, faculty involved in the event included Emily Beall, Leo Club adviser; Michelle Wade, Paws and Claws adviser; Shari Buffington, Ellen Larter, Ede Ashworth and Nathan Marshall.
McGeehan said, "Our clubs would not have been able to raise as much money as they have these past two years if not for individual sponsors Thomas Flaherty, Mr. and Mrs. William Grooms, Ede Ashworth, Shirley Cuomo and Joe Cuomo."
McGeehan said four schools participated in the coin collections, and Wellsburg Middle School will be presented a plaque in August because it raised the most money of the four.
She said this year's event was held in memory of Cheryl Flaherty, a retired teacher who loved children and animals.
County Commissioner Tim Ennis also presented to shelter Director Donna DeJaro $210 raised for the shelter by the Brooke High School Key Club.
County Commissioner Jim Andreozzi, a former Brooke County dog warden, said the animal shelter is able to be run in a humane manner because of the support of such groups.