Greer Elementary uses app to help with SPCA donations

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA got a large donation from second graders at Greer Elementary in Albemarle County. Those donations were rallied from an unusual series of morning announcements during a two-week span in May.

Using an app called “Chatterpix” designed by the company Duck, Duck, Moose, the students took animal faces from the CASPCA website that needed adopting and voiced over a short message about the animal. The lips moved as the students spoke.

This inspired the whole school to pitch in and donate for the cause.

"To give them food and help to support the SPCA," said second grader Sharif Hopper.

Their teacher, Sarah Healy, is helping them with empathy, which can be tough for everyone.

"For them it was a way to take something out of the community,” said Healy. “And do something for someone else, rather than thinking of themselves."

They used the videos to help gather more than 200 items.

"It means a lot to us because we love the animals at SPCA and live longer lives and get forever homes," said second grader Abby Stiffler.

The CASPCA does receive donations from many all over the community, but none were advertised as uniquely as this.

"It’s amazing that out of all the charities and nonprofits in the Charlottesville area, that her class and the school really wanted to help the SPCA and all the animals," said Chelsea Mitchell, who works for the CASPCA.

Mitchell brought in Wilbur, a rescue that she takes care of herself. Wilbur was four days old when he was given to the CASPCA, and he is now 9 ½ months old. He was a treat for the students of the charity drive.

This year, CASPCA is celebrating its ten-year anniversary of being a no-kill shelter.

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