LITTLE EGG HARBOR, NJ – For the second year, Pinelands Regional Junior High School’s Junior Interact Club helped raise $125 and a carload of food, snacks and supplies for Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park. The service organization for 7th through 9th graders, led by teachers Melinda Most, Charlene Wilson and Dorothy Mercurio, held a donation drive at the school for two weeks, urging students and teachers to make cash donations or drop off pet foods, snacks and supplies at boxes throughout the building.
Students delivering a check and goodies for residents of Popcorn Park and the Forked River shelter.
“We were so happy with the results of last year’s donation. “Most of the kids in Junior Interact know all about Popcorn Park and really wanted to get involved and help the organization drive we felt compelled to do it again,” said Mrs. Most.”
On Tuesday, April 27, seven student representatives from Junior Interact took an afterschool trip to Popcorn Park with Mrs. Most and Mrs. Wilson to deliver their donation. There, as thanks for their efforts, General Manager John Bergmann treated the group to a VIP, behind-the-scenes tour of Popcorn Park, where the special guests got to meet Princess the Camel and some of the refuge’s wild cats up close and personal.
“We are grateful to the kids of Pinelands Junior Interact Club for their hard work and concern for what we do,” said Bergmann. “In a world where many kids just don’t care, it’s great to see these young men and women taking action to help the animals and the work we do here at Popcorn Park.”
For students and groups who want to help AHS and Popcorn Park, you only need tour the web site to find opportunities aplenty!