Concord Social Work Students Partner With Cranberry/Prosperity Elementary School for Humane Society

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 12 2006

Concord Social Work Students Partner With Cranberry/Prosperity Elementary School for Humane Society

Athens, W.Va. - The Concord University Social Work Organization partnered with the Cranberry/Prosperity Elementary School in Beckley, W.Va., to conduct a food donation drive for the Raleigh County Humane Society.

Beginning on April 10, 2006, with the permission of Principal Jan Lafferty and the coordination of Teacher Vickie Aliff, the students from pre-kindergarten to the fifth grade were asked to bring in cleaning supplies and dog and cat food to be donated to the Humane Society. Concord social work students Tamber Mackey, Glen Morgan; Ann Evans, Beckley; Kristen Kasserman, McArthur; Nikki McLemore, Princeton and faculty co-advisor Dr. Bonnie Dorsey met with the faculty and students to explain the rules of the collection drive.

WJLS held a live broadcast on Wednesday, April 12 at the Humane Society to encourage the public to bring supplies to the shelter. On Friday, the social work students returned to the school and presented “goodie bags” to the students in each class who brought in the most donations. There was a tie between the two kindergarten classes for the most supplies collected. Through the students’ efforts, 254 rolls of paper towels, 86 gallons of bleach, 792 cans of dog food, 793 cans of cat food, one 50-pound bag of dog food and four five-pound bags of dog food were collected. Dr. Dorsey, the faculty co-advisor to the Concord Social Work Organization, stated, “It is a pleasure to work with such motivated and hard working social work students. They made many of the contacts to create this event and the Cranberry/Prosperity students and faculty worked hard to make it happen. Ms. Aliff, Principal Lafferty, the faculty and staff, and the students were great. This has been a wonderful experience.”

The social work students delivered the supplies to the Humane Society. Jim Kenney, an employee of the Humane Society, stated, “It is amazing to see the amount of items Cranberry/Prosperity school students donated to the animal shelter. Never in my five years of employment have so many useable items come into the shelter from one organization.”

To reward the students for their hard work, the Concord social work students solicited area businesses for pizza and soda for the entire school for a pizza party. The pizza establishments providing pizza for the students were Pasquales, Roma’s, Pizza Hut, Fox’s in Sophia, King Tut, Padrino’s, Papa John’s and Firehouse Food and Fun. Soda was provided by Kroger in Beaver, Beckley, and Harper Road; and from Save-a-Lot in Beckley. Food certificates for inclusion in the “goodie bags” were donated by Chick-Fil-A at the Cross Roads Mall and from McDonalds in Beaver and Beckley.

For more information, contact Dr. Dorsey, 1-304-384-5215 or