Tech students make donation to local shelters

  • Students in FCTS’s Pre-Employment Program present the local dog shelter with a $545 check.  —Contributed photo/ Franklin County Technical School

  • FCTS’s Pre-Employment Program students display the 406 pairs of socks they collected for Greenfield’s homeless shelter.  —Contributed photo/Franklin County Technical School

Recorder Staff
Monday, April 16, 2018

TURNERS FALLS — Thanks to Franklin County Technical School’s Pre-Employment Program students, two meaningful donations were recently made to a Greenfield homeless shelter and a Turners Falls dog shelter.

During March, students collected 406 pairs of socks to donate to the Well Street Shelter, which welcomes up to 22 homeless guests at a time. These guests stay an average of three to six months.

In addition to the sock donation, students also raised $545 for the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center by selling knitted scarves made by the mother of one of their instructors.

The Pre-Employment Program at the school works with students ages 14 to 22 who have physical or cognitive challenges. The students practice reading, math and critical thinking daily and are taught life and employment skills like cooking, laundry and certain shop skills like building maintenance and auto detailing.

In addition to life skills and employment skills, the students are taught how to develop a work ethic and the importance of community service. Overall, the program helps the students have a better chance toward living independently and being placed at a job.

According to information provided by the school, Regional Dog Shelter Director Leslee Colucci said the donation will help pay for veterinary care and much-needed supplies, which aren’t cheap.

The dog shelter, which serves 21 communities, has been operating for six years. It can house up to 11 dogs, with others placed in foster care.

This isn’t the first year Pre-Employment Program students have raised money for the dog shelter. Last year, they raised $450, putting their two-year total over $1,000.

The students in the program have a history of community donations; for the past several years, they collected and donated aluminum can tabs to the Ronald McDonald house, where staff can redeem the tabs for cash.

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