GEORGE NEWS & VIDEO - There was great excitement at York High School in George on Monday 7 December when the York High Animal Club received a Green Award.
Among the attendees were Deputy Mayor Charlotte Clarke, Councillor Erika Brown, teachers and pupils.
Monica Vaccaro, education officer of the Landmark Foundation, said the purpose of this specific Green Award is to recognise the good work and effort that schools do for animal welfare.
It is a landmark initiative in partnership with the George City Council and Municipality.
Hayley Kayser, teacher and organiser of York High Animal club, said 10 years ago a pupil asked the headmaster if such a club could be established. Kayser started the club and these days she is assisted by another teacher, Gillian Lee.
The club's contribution to animal welfare takes many forms. Members visit schools to teach them about sterilisation and with the help of the PDSA, they arrange for sterilisations to be done.
Their activities include talks about animal diseases, handing out dog food, and outreaches to the rural areas. Kayser said the award means a lot. At least 20 dedicated pupils are involved.
Madison Gericke, one of the club members, thanked the people who made the award possible.
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