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Fifth-graders in New Jersey organize drive to help animals

When a group of fifth-grade students at the Notre Dame Regional School in, Landisville, New Jersey, organized a drive for animal food, they got even more out of the experience than just the personal satisfaction that comes from helping animals.

The students, who collected a wide variety of items to help the animals at their local Society for the Protection of Animals (SPCA), including bags of dog food and items that playful puppies could use as toys, had some special visitors to honor their good deeds, according to

Two friendly pooches who reside at the county's SPCA paid the school a visit, so students could actually see two of the animals that would benefit from their hard work.

Author Carol Erickson, an animal rights activist, also stopped by to read her book, "Not a Used Dog, At All,"out loud to students on Monday.

"I wanted to write a book - this one – so that people could learn how to save a dog's life," Erickson told the crowd of students, the news source reports.

"Not A Used Dog, At All," tells the story of a young boy named Matt, who wants a cute and cuddly puppy from the pet store, not a dog from the shelter. However, when he encounters a friendly homeless dog, Matt changes his mind and realizes that all dogs need loving homes.
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