Wall of Paws at Battle Hill Elementary

Second grade students in Battle Hill Elementary school in Union expressed an interest in helping animals and raising money for that cause. Their teachers, Abby Polizzi and Alexandra Aiello, facilitated the effort and the result has been rewarding in many ways. Together, they set up a bulletin board named “Wall of Paws” at the main entrance to Battle Hill School. Students were asked to donate $2 and submit an informational survey citing their animal’s name and why they love their pet. So far, they have collected $220 which will be donated to two local organizations: Home for Good Dog Rescue and Angel Paws Cat Rescue. These amazing organizations give helpless animals a second chance at life.
Home for Good Dog Rescue (HFGDR) is a 100% foster-based, non-profit dog rescue established in 2010 in Summit, New Jersey with offices in Berkeley Heights. They rescue dogs from shelters in South Carolina and Georgia, which are overflowing with unwanted dogs. They transport the dogs to New Jersey where they are placed in loving foster homes while they await adoption into a suitable family. Adoptive families enter a contract that guarantees their adopted dog lives inside the home, is treated as a member of the family, and is seen for wellness examinations by a licensed veterinarian. More information can be found at www.homeforgooddogs.org.
Angel Paws is an all-volunteer based organization. 100% of the funds donated go towards the care of the animals, including veterinary care and supplies. Angel Paws has no outside funding.
They rely on the generosity of people who love animals and want alternatives to traditional shelter situations. More information can be found at www.angelpaws.org/donating.htm.
The “Wall of Paws” has brought joy to the entire student body; you will often catch students, staff, and families stopping to read about the animals in the lives of the students and why they love them so much!

(above) Mrs. Polizzi and Mrs. Aiello's second grade class.

(above) Mrs. Polizzi and Mrs. Aiello’s second grade class.