Local students sell art to benefit Snake River Animal Shelter


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IDAHO FALLS — Students at Alturas Academy recently raised $1,306 selling art to help out the Snake River Animal Shelter.

The first to third graders created artwork after studying movements. They then had the opportunity to sell their art or receive donations from members of the community.

“The kids were thrilled. I think they were surprised by the sales. As were the teachers,” teacher Martha Rigby said.

Students sold a total of 150 art projects for at least $1 a piece.

Rigby said the students worked together to decide where to donate the money. They went through many different options but eventually decided on the Snake River Animal Shelter.

The Snake River Animal Shelter is a non-profit organization that relies heavily on donations from the public.

Shelter executive director Kristin Sanger visited Alturas to accept the donation. Cody Voronovich, Idaho K-9 Academy Director and head dog trainer, came with Sanger and brought the shelter’s mascot Honey to the school. A dog trainer and her service dog, Moose, visited the school as well.

The team went to each classroom to view the art and answer questions for the children.

“Students loved seeing the dogs and asking questions about the shelter,” Rigby said in an emailed statement. “We are so impressed by this amazing group of students and their hard work to present their art gallery.”