Monterrey Elementary second graders perform the Educational Song for the student body during the Jaguar Talent Show, Friday. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Students of Monterrey Elementary danced and sang Friday during a school talent show organized by its fifth-grade student council to benefit the Roswell Humane Society.
Parents, students and community members packed the school’s gymnasium to see performances featuring students from all grades. The admission fee was a dime, but audience members gave much more, dropping coins and folding money into a canister near the entrance.
“The puppies thank you,” Principal Patricia “PJ” Garnett said after each donation was given. Garnett said the students had the idea and planned the event themselves and even held auditions.
Council member K-Din Cox said the students had been planning the event for a while and decided to put it on because “it’s good to do something to help somebody else.”
Council members Kinsey Martinez and Journey Peach hosted the event and introduced acts. Martinez said they wanted to do “something for the whole school and community.”
Krystle Smith, kennel worker and receptionist for the Roswell Humane Society, accepted the donation on behalf of the organization.
Though many schools donate to the non-profit in various ways, such as food and money drives, she said it was a first to have such an event.
“I think it’s great,” she said. “There’s just a lot of ways to help and it’s amazing that the kids thought of this … no matter what the amount is, it’s amazing that the kids thought to give to us.”
The students’ effort raised more than $125 for the organization. Students presented it to Smith in a canister that featured a hand-drawn puppy’s smiling face with a pink hairbow.
“It’s a great way to help us,” she told the crowd. “On behalf of all the cats and dogs, thank you very much.”