Archive for Thursday, August 27, 2009

Students learn volunteering basics

Humane society trains CJHS pupils

Tom Frager, an eighth-grader at Central Junior High, cuddles a kitten as he and other students learn how to volunteer at the Lawrence Humane Society, 1805 E. 19th St.

Tom Frager, an eighth-grader at Central Junior High, cuddles a kitten as he and other students learn how to volunteer at the Lawrence Humane Society, 1805 E. 19th St.

August 27, 2009

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Kids learn to volunteer at Lawrence Humane Society

Students from Central Junior High School are put through the paces at the Lawrence Humane Society. Volunteers make up a large portion of the shelter's work force. Enlarge video

About a half-dozen Central Junior High students decided to take advantage of the school’s after-school program by learning how to give back to the community.

The group spent Wednesday afternoon at the Lawrence Humane Society going through the volunteer orientation.

“The volunteers … they’re our lifeblood,” director Midge Grinstead said. “We just couldn’t do the most important part of our job.”

Seventh-grader Christian Espinosa thought his time could be better spent at the shelter instead of playing video games.

“It feels good to help out in the community,” he said. “I’ve just always been drawn to the humane society.”

The students learned that they can do things like bathe the animals, teach dogs how to walk on leashes and just get them used to human interaction.

“I’ve learned that you have to be gentle with animals in case they are really nervous,” seventh-grader Maggie Wiseman said. “I love animals so much.”

The humane society is in constant need of volunteers. To become one, anyone older than 11 can attend an orientation on the first or second Thursday of every month at 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. at the shelter, 1805 E. 19th St.

Even though Christian was clawed by a few kittens looking for attention, he hoped they found a good home.

“I just want all the dogs and cats to be adopted,” he said. “That’d be great.”

Comments

TriSigmaKS 5 years, 8 months ago

For more youth volunteering, contact the Roger Hill Volunteer Center at 865.5030 and ask for the Youth Volunteer Corp program.

avoice 5 years, 8 months ago

My daughter volunteered there last year. It takes nearly 30 minutes to drive all the way over there and then she mostly just sat in the kitten room and had nearly nothing to do. They only let the "adult" volunteers walk the dogs, so the junior high kids can only walk puppies or play with kittens. Since the adult volunteers love to play with and walk the puppies, there is usually nothing for the kids to do but play with kittens for an hour or so. What a waste of volunteer time! Can't you find something more meaningful for these kids to do????

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