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During the last week of September, students at the middle school donated 513 pounds of pet food

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Estacada Middle School students Jazmyn Seely and Calla Baker helped organized the schools pet food drive.

Estacada Middle School students recently banded together to support local furry and feathered friends.

During the last week of September, students at the middle school donated 513 pounds of pet food to the Estacada Area Food Bank.

The drive was organized by students in the school's service learning class, taught by Kristole Juker.

"The food bank had said they were really low on pet food and that they needed it now," said Calla Baker, a seventh-grade student in the service learning class.

Members of the class initially set a goal of collecting 300 pounds of pet food, which they exceeded by more than 200 pounds.

During the drive, Baker enjoyed collecting the food and seeing which class was in the lead for most pounds donated.

"It was kind of like being a coach at a game," she said.

Both Baker and Jazmyn Seely, another seventh grade student who helped organize the pet food drive, appreciate the school's service learning class. In addition to working on projects around the middle school, students visit residents at Whispering Pines on Tuesdays.

"I like making a difference," Seely said. "It's a good feeling."

Baker agreed.

"Even if it's not necessarily a big difference, it's nice to know you made a positive change in somebody's life," she said.

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