Giving back: Mustang Learning Community students help fill PAWS closet


Shoal River Middle School students, from left, Yazmeen Deehr, Amber Washington and Sheindel Smith, all 12, stand by numerous pet donations they collected for the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society’s Fort Walton Beach office.

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Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 06:21 PM.

CRESTVIEW —   Three Shoal River Middle School students’ efforts have helped fill the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society’s supplies closet.

Seventh-graders Sheindel Smith, Amber Washington and Yazmeen Deehr recently collected monetary donations and pet items outside the Crestview Publix.

The girls, for their Mustang Learning Community project, recently distributed fliers with a list of needed items to the grocery store’s customers. Dry and canned pet food and toys, travel crates and cleaning supplies were among the items listed.

The girls also collected $500, which they used to purchase pet products for the Fort Walton Beach animal shelter and clinic, MLC coordinator Laurie Allen said.

MLC students must do several community projects throughout the school year, Allen said. With each project, students must give at least 20 percent of their time back to the community.  

The girls said they would be interested in assisting PAWS again.

"I was happy to do it, because I like animals," Sheindel said.

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