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RPES students raise funds for animal shelter

Rachel Patterson student Salvador Franco hands Atmore-PCI Animal Shelter Director Brandon James $310 the school raised. Also shown are Yenifer Cuenca, Angelina Lynn, Walker Martin, Raishaun Thames, Kaydence Popejo, Kydajh Brown and animal control officer Corey Flowers. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

Rachel Patterson student Salvador Franco hands Atmore-PCI Animal Shelter Director Brandon James $310 the school raised. Also shown are Yenifer Cuenca, Angelina Lynn, Walker Martin, Raishaun Thames, Kaydence Popejo, Kydajh Brown and animal control officer Corey Flowers. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

Kindergarten through second grade students at Rachel Patterson Elementary School raised $310 for the Atmore-PCI Animal Shelter last week as a part of the Dr. Seuss Read Across America Week.

Every class participated in the fundraiser, which was based off of the Dr. Seuss book, “What Pet Should I Get?”

Melanie Griffith’s class raised the most money in the school. Students brought in $50 worth of change for the effort, RPES Librarian Julie McDonald said.

McDonald said Karie Richburg’s class came in second as it raised $23.45, and Lauren Beasley’s class raised $14 to claim the third spot.

The local shelter has 13 dogs and five cats, Shelter Director Brandon James said.

James said a cat was adopted the other day, and dog adoption comes and goes.

“There’s no science behind adoption,” he said.

This is the first time that RPES has held a fundraiser for the shelter, McDonald said.