Students donate to animal shelter


Marci Calin, center, receives donations from James LaChance, Georgia Newbery, Mollie Roe and Zach Wrasmann.

Four students from Viera High School’s Service Learning class culminated their charity work by donating needed supplies to the Humane Society of South Brevard’s shelter on Sunday, June 17.

Freshmen Mollie Roe, Georgia Newbery, James LaChance and Zach Wrasmann, all members of Heather James’ Hawk Service Learning class, brought cases of cat food, paper towels, sanitizing spray and newspapers to the shelter and spent some time with its feline residents.

“It just thrilled me when I saw the donations and how the kids worked so hard for us,” said Marci Carlin, director of the Humane Society of South Brevard. “They did a fantastic job.”

The students picked the Humane Society from an approved list and used drop boxes and GoFundMe to fundraise. 

Cheddar the cat makes himself comfortable on the new supplies.

“We set up the GoFundMe site and shared it through social media. We got a response right away,” said Mollie Roe. “We also decorated donation boxes and asked our parents to place them at their workplaces.”

The group raised $357 and after researching the best prices, used it to purchase the items Carlin requested.

In Hawk Service Learning students are taught how to research and respond to a community need. 

“Students investigate a community need, make a plan, take action, reflect upon the experience, and present a demonstration of their project,’’ said Heather James, Service Learning instructor. 

The Humane Society of South Brevard is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter dedicated to improving the lives of homeless cats and finding permanent homes for them. Located at 2600 Otter Creek Lane in Melbourne, near the corner of U.S. 1 and the Pineda Causeway, the shelter currently houses 60 cats and kittens. 

For more information on the Humane Society of South Brevard, including ways to volunteer and a list of needed items, go to or call 321-259-0601.