Tenth-grade student Erin Carlson has turned her passion for helping animals into a way for others to help animals in a new club called Students for the Humane Treatment of Animals.
Carlson would like to start the club in the fall.
There are four co-advisors for the club: chemistry teacher Keith Gray, history and Learning Center teacher Shannon Alger, math teacher David Alger, and English teacher Allison Krause.
“I wanted to create this club because I’m interested in a career with animals, and our school doesn’t have a club or program that provides time with animals,” Carlson said.
This club will do hands-on work with animals, raise funds, and hopefully provide foster homes for animals. Carlson has gotten a response to help out Cape Ann Animal Aid, Northeast Animal Shelter, and Sweet Paws.
There is no student limit at the moment for the club, but there will be a cut off if there gets to be too many people. The club will first be open to high school students, but if there are not enough students, then it will be opened to middle school students.
According to Carlson, it is undecided where the group will meet and how the students will get around to the places they are going to help out with. The students may have to carpool, or there may be a bus.
“I hope the club meets twice a week. Only one meeting per week is mandatory for the students. There are exceptions for students who participate in sports or other activities,” Carlson said.
The club may interfere with some activities, but said it is completely understandable to miss them for those activities.
According to Carlson, the first meeting of the month will most likely set up the schedule and have signups for hands-on activities, and the other meetings will be mostly setting up or planning fundraisers. The meetings for this club will be no longer than an hour and a half.
The club will most likely provide community service for the students, Carlson said.
The teachers involved are just as interested in starting this program.
“I am a huge animal lover, and I am interested in being involved in an organization that cares for animals,” Shannon Alger said.
According to Gray, this club is necessary because animals don’t have a voice and too many of them are abused.
Some students, according to Carlson, may have to go through some type of training depending on the type of work they will be doing in the club, Carlson said.