No student is too small to make a difference

Published 3:57 pm Tuesday, May 24, 2016

From the moment my wife and I learned we’d be lucky enough to adopt our little girl, we heard one phrase over and over again.

It will change your life.

It certainly does.

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One of the many aspects of my life that has changed is my television watching habits.

I used to get home from work and flip on SportsCenter.

Now, I watch a lot of cartoons.

My daughter loves Mickey Mouse, The Lion Guard, PJ Masks and Paw Patrol.

I won’t lie. I’ve been known to watch a couple of these even when Olivia is already asleep or has just plain lost interest.

Paw Patrol is one my favorites.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the show, it follows the adventures of six rescue dogs, led by a tech-savvy boy named Ryder.

The Paw Patrol is always being called out to help save someone in the town from some sort of calamity. As they prepare to tackle whatever the mission is for that episode, Ryder always says, “No job is too big, no pup is too small.”

I was reminded of that Tuesday when I visited Greenville Elementary School.

A group of third-graders proved that no student is too small to tackle a big job.

The students, who are part of the Shelter Savers, organized a food drive for pets being cared for by the Butler County Humane Society. BCHS representative Kandys Killough was on hand Tuesday to pick up the donation, which likely required a pickup truck to haul away.

Kenidy Watson, Alyssa Johnson, Sarah Parrish and Candice Reeves, along with fourth-grader Sarah Bunch, collected more than 50 bags of pet food.

And while they helped provide for a number of pets in the area, they did much more than that.

They showed their fellow students, faculty members at the school, Humane Society members and myself what can happen when a group of people cares enough to take action.

Their passion is obvious.

Their enthusiasm is contagious.

Their kindness is enviable.

These students are an example of everything that is right with our community.

If you see them, give them a big pat on the back.

They deserve it.