Swimmers reach out to four-legged friends

Members of the St. Marys Area High School Swim and Dive Teams put their teamwork to use during a recent collection drive for the Elk County Humane Society. "We decided that as a team that we wanted to do something bigger than ourselves this year," said Megan Barber, girls' team co-captain.The teams solicited donations prior to their Intersquad Meet on Dec. 17. The meet featured swimmers and divers from the high school, as well as junior high members of the Blue Tide team. Each meet participant was encouraged to bring in an item on the Humane Society's wish list, which includes hard toys, regular toys, copier paper, postage stamps, non-scoopable cat litter, kitten food, leashes, used inkjet cartridges and cell phones, rubber gloves, air fresheners, towels, bleach, paper towels, Dawn dish soap, fabric softener sheets and gift cards to grocery or hardware stores. On Sunday, team captains Barber, Brittany Orr, Ryan Struble and Andrew Cotter presented an array of much-needed items, along with a small monetary donation, to Carol Wilson, secretary of the Elk County Humane Society. After delivering the items, the team captains were provided a tour of the shelter. During their visit, the group made fast friends with a newly sheltered dog, a Labrador mix named G.G."When we saw G.G. at the shelter, we fell in love with her and decided to support the shelter by sponsoring a pen for her or whatever pet may end up there until they find a happy home," Barber explained.For more on this story, see the Jan. 12 edition of The Daily Press.