Fundraising is under way

To the editor:

Almost Home Humane Society is in the beginning stages of fundraising to build a sanctuary for cats with feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immune deficiency virus (FIV).

To kick off our fundraising, we decided to include local students in a coloring page calendar contest. First grade through fourth grade students in the participating schools of Duncombe, Feelhaver, Cooper, Butler, St. Paul, Community Christian and Barnum each received a coloring page of one of the 12 months with one of the cats from the sanctuary.

The completed and returned coloring pages were then judged at the Blanden Art Museum by local artists and art enthusiasts including Margie Loomis, Kyle Sande, Pam Sanders, Pam Kay, and Mark Jessen. The coloring pages were blindly judged, names of students and schools were covered. Picking only 12 coloring pages challenged the judges because all of the pages were colored so creatively with beautiful color schemes and designs.

The selected coloring pages’ artists will be in the calendar: Brian Keenan, Barnum; Kylee Skramstad, Barnum; Harrison Garst, Barnum; Cara Samuelson, Barnum; Gracie Grady, Butler; Evan Morris, Butler; Taylor Johnson, Feelhaver; Eric Crawford, Cooper; Jayne Macek, Community Christian; Hannah Maschino, St. Paul; Reagan Black, Community Christian; and Hannah Ribbey, Community Christian. Preordered calendars may be picked up at Almost Home on June 30 or July 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also at that time calendars may be purchased for $10 each. Throughout our fundraising, the calendars will be available to purchase at our events. I would like to thank the judges, the Blanden Art Museum, the schools, and the students for participating in the contest. The Fort Dodge community and surrounding areas should be proud of their talented and creative children.

Madison Garst

Fort Dodge