Students from L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe have worked together to raise supplies and cash for the Carbon County animal shelters.

While reading stories based on the theme "Doing the Right Thing," students in the fifth grade formed a plan to help those that can't help themselves cats and dogs at local animal shelters.

First, there was a bake sale held during the elementary band and chorus Christmas Concert event at the high school.

Next, all grades at the L.B. Morris were asked to bring supplies and money from home to help those needy animals.

In a separate project, the seventh- and eighth-grade student council had a fundraising dance.

Overall about $500 was raised, as well as a sizable amount of food, toys, and cleaning supplies.

Through the cooperation of students, parents, and staff, all those involved learned a valuable life lesson helping those in need is not only the right thing to do, but it can also be fun and very rewarding.

Funds from monies raised were donated to both the Carbon County Animal Shelter, which is a county-run organization providing shelter for unwanted or stray dogs, and the Carbon County Friends of Animals (CCFOA), which shelters unwanted or stray cats.

Some of the students and one of their teachers visited the CCFOA and were welcomed by volunteers Megan Wood and others.

CCFOA is a nonprofit organization which advocates the elimination of animal suffering through sheltering and finding homes for unwanted pets.

It is a privately-run organization, founded in 1998 from a direct need to shelter unwanted cats within the county.

The staff checks the cats into the shelter, handles their medications, takes them to be spayed or neutered, and makes the decision as to which cats may unfortunately need to be euthanized.

Although "Carbon County" is part of the organization's name, unlike the Carbon County dog shelter it does not receive any funding from the county or any other government agency.

Currently there are about 90 to 100 cats housed at the shelter, all looking for good homes. All cats are spayed or neutered and have all their shots.

CCFOA officials expressed their thanks for the donations from the students and others and they are always seeking volunteers to help out at the shelter.

Anyone desiring more information on the cat shelter can call (570) 325-9400 or visit its website at www.ccfoa.info.

Carbon County Friends of Animals is located at 900 Walnut Ave., Jim Thorpe, just off Route 209 by the Liberties.