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Junior high students helping animal shelter with video

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - This is the first year for the EAST Lab program at the Batesville Junior High School.  When instructed to come up with a project two 14-year-olds are using a love for animals to encourage adoption!

Peyton Evans and Rebecca Sturdivant have produced a 90-second public service announcement for the Humane Society of Independence County.

"They're at a good place but they need help because of the overcrowding problem that they have," said Evans.

"She had noticed how there was a major overcrowding problem at the Humane Society and when we heard we were going to get access to the type of technology that we would need to help out we decided that we would do something about it," said Sturdivant.

In their first year this is a new experience for students and teachers.

"It actually gives students the opportunity to work in the community and get those real world experiences," said Jeannie Roepcke.

Each group has to come up with their project, make the phone calls, set everything up and do the work!

"We spent a lot of time with the final cut pro book reading how to work the software and then we actually sat down and tackled the software and put it all together," said Sturdivant.

The Humane Society currently has around 85 dogs and 50 cats!  The girls spent time shooting video of dogs with their owners and of the animals at the shelter to show what it's like for the animals.

"The sadder parts of real life of what's going on," said Evans.

They hope their video can change the life of some of the animals.

"I'm hoping that a lot of animals will get adopted because of it," said Sturdivant.

"A good home, not just ‘a' home, a very good home that they know they're safe and they won't have what happened before," said Evans.

Students do community projects for the city of Batesville, the school, White River Medical Center and Lyon College.  Instructors say folks are surprised to receive the help.

"More than anything they're amazed that they're working with 14-year-olds, 13-year-olds even 12-year-olds!," said Sturdivant.

"It's amazing when you turn kids over and you put kids in control what they will do," said Robbie Cox.

Lauren Howard, director of the Humane Society of Independence County said they were surprised to see kids as young as Peyton and Rebecca want to get involved and do something as elaborate as a video.  She hopes the video does make an impact on their dog and cat population.  They are a no-kill shelter and often do get overcrowded when animals are not adopted out.  If you are interested in adopting an animal from the Humane Society of Independence County you can reach them at 870-793-0090.

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