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Inspire: Lake Superior High School volunteers support local animal shelter

Halloween Fur-get-Me-Not fundraiser helps support someone’s future pet, while waiting to get adopted

TERRACE BAY— After a brief hiatus due to COVID-19, the Lake Superior High School Stingers were out in full force on Halloween night this year, collecting money for their annual Fur-get-Me-Not Animal Shelter fundraiser.

The school’s dedicated Stinger volunteers went door-to-door both in the town of Schreiber and Terrace Bay, collecting funds for their local animal shelter. Their continued efforts helped raise funds needed to support the animals as they wait to get adopted to their forever home.

Residents were able to recognize the fund-raising efforts by these students as they carried specially marked buckets and displayed their “Trick-or-Treat Badges” on their Halloween costumes. Each of the student volunteers were assigned certain streets in order to ensure that residents were not asked more than once for donations.

This year, the towns of Terrace Bay and Schreiber donated over $2,600. According to Stacy Wallwin, the technology-enabled learning and teaching principal/district e-learning contact for the board, students have been trick-or-treating for this important cause for many years.

“This is the 18th year that Lake Superior High School has supported the annual Trick-or-Treat for the Furget-Me-Not Animal Shelter,” said Wallwin. “Our towns have donated over $35,000 to support this worthy cause."

Students, staff and the animal shelter were overcome with the support and generosity from their community. As an added bonus, student volunteers who participated in the event were able to apply for their student volunteer community hours. Many who had already achieved the required amount of volunteer hours, still wanted to go out and be that positive participant.

“We are overwhelmed by the continued support and generosity for the annual Trick-or-Treat for the Furget-Me-Not Animal Shelter event and we thank all the volunteers who helped make the event a success,” said Wallwin.  “We thank all those that donated. Many of the students who participated in the event this year have already obtained their community hours, but wanted to  volunteer to support the shelter and have a positive impact in our communities,” added Wallwin.

Wallwin mentioned that Jorja Fournier, a Lake Superior High School student, took a leadership role and was instrumental in helping make sure that this event went off smoothly.

“As always, organizing this event takes a lot of hard work and we appreciate all the extra hands. This year, we had our Lake Superior High School student, Jorja Fournier, take a leadership role with the event,” she said.

“Jorja was instrumental in ensuring the event went off without a hitch. She also gained some valuable leadership experience,” added Wallwin.

“I had never done anything like this before and I learned that I like it," said Jorja.

"I learned not to let myself get overwhelmed, say ‘no’ when you need to, to make sure the project is a success and most importantly, have fun with it and make it enjoyable.”

The school sent out a special thank-you to Sue Borutski and Jorja Fournier for rolling the coins and counting all the money; and to Ms. Miller and Mrs. Commisso for their logistical support.

“As always, the event is truly a team effort at Lake Superior High School,” said Wallwin.

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