WCARE slam dunks Winter Contest!!!
WCARE (WoodCliff Animal Rescue Engineers) is an amazing group of middle school students that are headed up by Julie Ogden (one of our fab TLR fosters/volunteers). WCARE decided to participate in the Contest because they are passionate about saving animals and making a difference. The students also weren't interested in the "prizes" for themselves. Their goal was to win the camcorder, printer (and redonate the camera back to TLR) as a byproduct of raising funds, in order to be able to make better videos and photos, to promote TLR. Can you believe it?
In just a few weeks, these amazing kids have raised $1375 for TLR!!! We are just blown away by their hard work, dedication, creativity and kindness.
Our WCARE Students deserve to be mentioned by name: Max Aronson, Mariyanna Arundel, Zoe Pillar, Alex Pettie, Rachel Fisher, Daniella Roitman, Hannah Hoffman, Emily Cazaz, Thomas Gallagher, Andrew Bernstein, Jordan Bernstein, Matt Purritano, Graham Kessel, Natalie Gadaleta, Lauren Zablo, Christian Piantino, Lucia Klarin and Nicole Mofrad.
"These animals really need our help and it makes me feel good when they get a home. I feel like I have made a difference." --Max Aronson, one of the founders of WCARE
"I don't think any living thing should be treated the way some of these animals have been. If I can help even one it makes me feel like I can make a difference in this world." --Mariyanna Arundel, another founding member of WCARE
"TLR really needs it and deserves it. They keep dogs from dying and it makes me feel really, really good that I can help save lives." -- Zoe Pillar, second year member WCARE
Lauren Zablo is a new member of the club. Lauren joined because she started to think how bad she would feel if her dog ever got treated like some of the animals TLR has rescued. Her family was so upset when they found out how many animals get killed every year that they donated over 400 cookies and cupcakes from their catering business, Foremost Catering for the students to sell at the Winter Concert. (Thank you Foremost!!!!)
How they did it?
"WCARE started by selling silicone bracelets that said "Puppies aren't Products" with TLR website on the back of them. They wanted to raise awareness during this holiday season as well as to raise funds. This raised over $400. It also caused a lot of children to join and form a club just to raise funds. They asked John Fierro, principal of the elementary school and proud father to a TLR puppy if they could fund raise at the winter concert. He not only gave his approval he shared with the whole audience what a difference TLR has made in his life and urged people to be generous. Lauren Barbelet, Principal of the middle school and another avid animal lover invited them to fund raise at the middle school concert. The children shared with the audience what they do and why they do it. Lauren Zablo explained that the baked goods were offered for donations only and that people "follow their hearts" when making a donation. The community of Woodcliff Lake, NJ certianly did just that, as over $900 was raised on those two nights." --Julie Ogden, WCARE Teacher