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Our Year-Long Service Project

Student with volunteer For the past two years, dogs and cats from the SPCA Serving Erie County Paws for Love program visited an Amherst Middle School special education classroom. The students fell in love with the animals and the positive benefits of the visits made it an easy decision for the school to choose the Paws for Love program as its yearlong service project.


In October, the school launched its 2019-2020 service project to benefit the four-footed friends at the SPCA Serving Erie County Paws for Love program. Starting in the 2017-18 school year, volunteers in the Paws for Love program would bring their dogs and cats to Maria Goldman’s special education classroom. One day a week, the furry friends would visit the classroom and students would read to the animals. This school year marks the third year the Paws for Love volunteers will visit Amherst Middle School. Last year, the volunteers visited other classrooms in the building and were present for some fundraisers.


By launching a year-long service project, the entire school will develop various fundraisers and special events to raise money for the Paws for Love program, which is made up entirely of volunteers.


The first service project at Amherst Middle School was during the 2014-15 school year and the partner was Buffalo Women’s and Children’s Hospital. In subsequent years, the school has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club-Eggertsville Youth and Community Center, Carly’s Club, Tiger’s Den Food Pantry and Danceability.