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ACE CARES – School Donations for PawSafe Animal Rescue

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Daniela Esposito
ACE Students were able to meet some of the adoptable dogs from PawSafe Animal Rescue.

Daniela Esposito’s guidance class started a holiday tradition a few years ago, to collect items for local charities. This year, the group voted on collecting supplies for a local animal shelter and, extending beyond the Danbury area, they decided to focus efforts on United States troops that are stationed overseas during the holidays. 

The group invited all ACE students and families to start contributing donated items for the animal shelter and the troops on the 1st of December and continued through the 15th of December. Red boxes appeared in the hallways on each floor, schoolwide announcements were made, and posters, and flyers decorated the ACE walls.

Donation boxes and flyers were found throughout the school during the month of December.

“The ACE donations were given to PawSafe, an animal rescue organization located in Patterson, NY, just about thirty minutes by car from Danbury. Items collected included beds, food, and toys for cats and dogs.” Said Joanne Tolles. Pawsafe is an organization near and dear to the heart of ACE teacher, Joanne Tolles who adopted two of her dogs, Raven and Sparrow from the rescue. 

Sharon Schreiber and Steve Mazza came to collect the boxes of donations from ACE on Tuesday, December 19th. As a treat, they brought with them two shelter puppies.

PawSafe invited ACE students to volunteer at future adoption events that will be held in 2024; the first one will be Saturday, January 13th in Carmel,  NY. ACE student volunteers will be responsible for playing and caring for the puppies during the adoption events.

PawSafe Animal Rescue brought a few puppies to ACE as a thank you for our donations.

Items for the US Troops will be sent in a care package through Operation Gratitude. The items collected included thirty-six pairs of fun socks, several card games, puzzle books, and hacky sacks.

“Sure, it’s fun to receive presents,” said Guidance teacher, Daniela Esposito, “but It is important for students to know that there is great happiness in giving to and doing for others.”

Here is one of ACE’s students who helped out in the donations holding a puppy from Pawsafe.

 

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T Smith, Staff Writer
I am 15 years old and I like to write and draw. I'm a sophomore at ACE. I also love music and can play a lot of instruments. I enjoy spending time with my friends and playing sports. I love to write and read YA/mystery books.
Joanne Tolles, Adviser/Staff Writer
I am an English teacher, writer and poet, animal lover, happily married wife and grandmother, and recently, newspaper advisor for my school again. I am passionate about teaching my students how to find and use their unique voices. It is through writing that we become more aware, more human, and more effective in making the world a better place. Here is my lesson plan! Unchained and Free – My Life Lesson Plan Unchained and free. Liberated and alive. Curious and full of wonder. That is my lesson objective for the children. Writing words of truth. Declaring phrases or empowerment. Thinking critically. Creating new and awesome products. Those are my planned activities for the students. Making the world ripe for peace. Fostering justice and equity for all. Spreading love, learning, and awareness wherever they roam. That is my home work assignment. Unchained and free. That is the title of my life lesson plan. And what standard am I teaching? The student will assimilate ways to save humanity. Will you join me? Will you engage in liberation? Will you touch a generation with fierce passion? If you do, Your final evaluation score will be beyond innovating.      
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