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Cheiftan Charity

Giving back with a visit to the Humane Society.
Snuggling an orange kitten, sophomore Madelyn McBride witnesses first-hand the animals that they are helping. “We learned about what the animals went through before they got to the shelter, and we also got to see the horses and kittens,” McBride said. “The kittens were my favorite, because they were so cute and soft.” This was McBride’s first visit to the Humane Society of Macomb. photo by natalie garwood

Interested in the well being of the animals, teacher Suzanne Greenfield volunteers at the Humane Society of Macomb. For the past few years, she and teacher Andrea Solomon organize Chieftain Charity Week, a fundraiser for organization.

“I love animals and I wanted to make sure that they are taken care of at the shelter,” teacher Andrea Solomon said. “Having a dog myself, I want to make sure they are protected and safe.”

After raising over $1,800 through a basket raffle and dozens of donations, Solomon and Greenfield took students to deliver the check and donations to the Humane Society.

“I volunteer at the Humane Society because I get to enhance the lives of homeless animals by walking dogs and sharing animal stories via social media,” Greenfield said. “I enjoy meeting new dogs and cats, discovering their personalities. I also enjoy getting to know the staff and other volunteers.”
At the visit, students got to interact with animals and see who their donations were helping.

“It was fun petting the animals and seeing them, as well,” sophomore Caleb Boucher said. “My favorite animal to see would have to be the horses.”

Senior John Shaow organized the event, along with Solomon and Greenfield.

“We made posters to hang up everywhere and had gift baskets and money to handle,” Shaow said. “I would go to [Andrea] Solomon’s room ten minutes before class and help in the school store and announced the gift baskets. We would also go around to classrooms to advertise the fundraiser.”

Although raffle winners took home baskets, the real prize was all of the animals helped by the generosity of the Utica community.

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Kara Boice
Kara Boice, Editor
Kara Boice is a sophomore and this is her first year on the newspaper staff. She is also in the yearbook staff as well. She enjoys playing soccer and creating art. Kara has a dog named Otto who is 13 years old. She has attended MIPA over the summer doing the InDesign class. One of her biggest aspirations is to be a teacher.

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