• Nola Dunn students presented blankets and towels to an animal control officer from the Burleson city animal shelter on Tuesday. Burleson Star/Latricia Powell
  • Animal Control Officer Teri Bridwell kneels with resident shelter dogs Raven and Clyde.

Nola Dunn students give back

Children at the Academy at Nola Dunn elementary school collected 107 blankets and towels for animals at the Burleson city animal shelter this month.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade pitched in to help keep the shelter animals stay warm as the winter weather draws near.

Assistant principal Blane Rogers said the kids wanted to do something special for the 12 days of Christmas by putting their own twist on it.

There are teams organized K-5, each with an ownership role. There is a house of citizenship, creativity, stem, and others. The school’s rojo vertical team that help put this together is the house of citizenship.

“They have been talking a lot about how to be good citizens in the school,  so this is the next step in taking it to being good citizens in the community and supporting your community,” said Rogers.

Teachers and students gathered in the hallway to collect the blankets and present them to animal control officer Teri Bridwell, who came to pick up the gifts and tell the kids a little about what staff at the shelter do.

Bridwell explained that part of her job is to pick up some of the animals that wind up at the shelter and she also writes tickets to owners for loose animals and not having their rabies shots.

Bridwell said the animal shelter also does adoptions.

“We try to find forever homes for all of our babies that we do get at our shelter,” said Bridwell.

The animal shelter has air conditioning and heating for the comfort of animals and they do not spend the night outside.

Rogers said the kids do a lot within the school but that the rojo team might have started an annual tradition with the animal shelter drive.

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