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Liberty Ridge Elementary’s Kids Club program made fleece blankets and decorated ping pong balls on Friday, which will be donated to the Animal Humane Society. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.

Lending a helping paw

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Liberty Ridge Elementary's Kids Club program took an art project and added in a cause last week.

On Friday, students in Kids Club, a summer and after-school program, created items to be donated to the Animal Humane Society in Woodbury.

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Brandi Cole, summer supervisor for Kids Club at Liberty Ridge, said the goal is to donate 200 decorated ping pong balls, for dogs, cats and rabbits to play with, and 50 to 75 fleece blankets for the animals to sleep on.

Cole said incorporating a service project into the Kids Club curriculum was an important element for her, which is how the Animal Humane Society project came about.

"I'm super big on community service and I want the kids to understand what community service is," she said. "Our mission in Kids Club is 'You treat yourself with kindness, you treat each other with kindness and then you give back to your school and your friends."

"I think community service is important for the kids because it's a good lesson. It's a good value to give the kids."

Cole said it was the students, however, who were passionate about giving back to the animals.

"The students realized that there are a lot of dogs that don't have homes and who don't have a lot of toys," she said. "They wanted to make something for the animals to have to snuggle up with."

In addition to the art projects, Kids Club will also be donating other pet supplies to the Animal Humane Society. .

Donations were provided by parents and other school programs.

"The kids were really into the idea of helping the animals," Cole said.

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