In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Taylors Creek Elementary celebrated the Earth and its animals during the month of April.
“TCE is proud to say this was the 11th year we raised money to help protect our Earth and its animals,” Taylors Creek kindergarten teacher Janet Lyle said. “The total amount raised before this year was $4,794.27, and we saved 121.32 acres of animal habitat by joining with the Earth’s Birthday Project.”
The project purchases threatened rainforests, which saves them from destruction.
“While this continues to be a wonderful program, we decided to keep our donation money local and support the Liberty Humane Shelter,” Lyle said. “They are a no-kill shelter that relies solely on donations, and with the sad economy, we knew their funds were dangerously low. The dogs and cats they rescue were and continue to be in urgent need of help.”
The school’s fundraising campaign, “Pennies for Paws,” brought in $289.
Taylors Creek also raised money for the shelter by collecting tabs from soft-drink cans. The school collected 42 gallon-size bags of tabs and sold them for recycling, which brought in an additional $136.
“The combined total of these two fundraisers is $425,” Lyle said. “On behalf of the Liberty Humane Shelter, I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Taylors Creek Elementary parents, students, administration and staff for their efforts to help homeless animals in Liberty County. For collecting the most tabs (nine and a half gallons), Mrs. Parker’s fourth-grade (homeroom) won a pizza party.”
“I challenge the other elementary schools to compete with us next year to see who can raise the most money and collect the most tabs for the Liberty Humane Shelter,” Lyle continued. “We collect tabs all year, so if you want to participate — start collecting now. Are there any takers?”
Taylors Creek also participated in the Box Tops for Education fundraiser this year. They collected approximately $1,344 worth of box tops, Lyle said. A portion of the money will be used to support the school’s art and music programs, she said
“Again, we thank all of those who helped make this fundraiser a success,” Lyle said. “Mrs. Townsend’s third-grade homeroom class collected the most and won a pizza party to celebrate.”