Class of first-graders help stock pet food pantry
By Beth Kramer firstname.lastname@example.org November 9, 2012 6:22PM
11/7/12 Antioch Carla Moser and young volunteers from her first grade class hand out pet supplies at the Open Arms Mission in Antioch on Wednesday, Nov. 7. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
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Updated: January 9, 2013 1:45AM
ANTIOCH — A first-grade class at Emmons Grade School has mobilized to help local families feed their dogs.
Carla Moser’s class has launched feedSpot, a pet food pantry seeking to distribute 5,000 pounds of dog food this year. Moser’s class distributed 400 pounds to 44 local dog owners at its first distribution on Wednesday, Moser said.
“The goal is to keep families and their pets together because the sad thing is ... there are so many (dogs) in shelters because so many are facing difficult economic times,” Moser said.
Moser volunteers at some local animal shelter and rescue groups. She also has six dogs of her own. She has helped Emmons Grade School raise money for different community projects over the years. She called the pet food pantry one of her “late night ideas.”
The feedSpot project teaches her first-grade students that they can positively impact their community. She said her students have been enthusiastic and have worked hard to fund-raise for their project.
Students like James Sheehan, 7, have come up with their own ideas to donate to the cause.
“I like helping the dogs. I turned in my birthday money to help,” James said.
Other students have held lemonade stands and garage sales to bring in money, said Moser.
“They’re so excited about it. The cool thing is they’re coming up with their own ideas,” said Moser.
They’ve set up several donation boxes around the community, including one at the school, for food donations. Funds purchase additional food and plastic bags.
All types of dry dog food is accepted. It is mixed in a tub and sorted into one-pound bags by the students.
So far, Moser’s class has collected more than 1,000 pounds of dog food and has raised enough to buy 900 more pounds.
They distribute two bags of food to Open Arms Mission patrons who can show proof their dogs have rabies shots. Moser’s students and parents worked one-hour shifts manning a trailer at Open Arms Wednesday.
Antioch resident Kathy Schnaebele got the first bag of dog food from feedSpot. She is on unemployment and said it’s difficult to find money to feed her Shih Tzu, Tiny.
“I love it. I think it’s the greatest thing because animals need food, too, (even) if you’re having trouble supplying food for your family,” Schnaebele said.
Moser said the schedule for feedSpot is under development. She does not yet know when they will be at Open Arms next.
She added that students’ parents have “really stepped up and been incredible supporters.”
Parent Christine Larson and her daughter Nora Larson, 7, worked at feedSpot’s trailer Wednesday.
“The kids have really gotten excited. I think they learn how to give back ... it’s been a great program,” said Larson.