After hearing about the many displaced pets from Superstorm Sandy, one Malverne teacher organized a drive to help the hurricane's four-legged victims.
Ms. D’Ortenzio, an art teacher at the Davison Avenue Intermediate School in Malverne, coordinated a pet supply drive to benefit the animals staying at shelters throughout Nassau County.
D’Ortenzio worked the donation drive into an art lesson. She discussed with her students the importance of civic duties and responsibilities, especially as it relates to helping others. Davison students then designed posters communicating the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter’s need for donations of pet food, blankets and old newspapers and displayed them throughout the school.
One of her fifth-grade classes named the project “Paws for a Cause,” and students, their families, and staff members generously donated many items.
D’Ortenzio was able to make three large deliveries to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh, the temporary animal shelter at Mitchell Field in Garden City, and the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington.