These fifth-graders are smart — and compassionate –

When I asked the three bespectacled 10-year-old girls just who it was who inspired them to begin gathering donations for a local dog adoption agency, they all answered, “Lucy.” I’d not heard of a Lucy working for Augusta Dog Adoptions, so I asked for more information.

“I think she’s some kind of hound,” Paige Pettry answered.

Figures. No one makes an impression on smart fifth graders like a dog.

Lucy visited Junior Girl Scout Troop 54 on Oct. 4 when the scouts and their leaders, Michelle Scarlino and Angela Hankinson, were talking about ways they could serve the community.

Alisha Hammer of the dog adoption agency told them about the importance of spaying and neutering pets, the virtues of adopting a new companion animal and the increasing need for pet food, supplies and volunteers. That was all it took. Well, that and the chance to pet Lucy the hound.

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