DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

January 23, 2014

Pajama Day at Matthew Thornton supports animals

Students roll into school to support animal shelter


Derry News

---- — LONDONDERRY — It was the cat’s pajamas ... and the dog’s, too.

Students at Matthew Thornton Elementary School came to school in their pajamas on Jan. 15 to support the Manchester Animal Shelter and the many animals calling it home.

The shelter had a pipe burst following the recent round of frigid temperatures and students at the Londonderry school came up with Pajama Day to help support the animals.

Students, teachers and staff rolled out of their beds that day and arrived at school in pajamas, robes and slippers.

Fifth-grader Taryn Kocak led the charge to organize the day.

She adopted two cats from the shelter in the past and once she heard about the burst pipe, she wanted to help.

Taryn approached Matthew Thornton principal Sharon Putney to offer her idea for Pajama Day, then decorated a collection bucket and gave updates on the morning announcements.

Donations were collected throughout the day to help the animal shelter get back on its feet following the burst pipe.

So far, about $600 has been collected.

“We have students with great hearts,” assistant principal Ace Thompson said. “Our students are caring and compassionate learners, with a great sense of community. The sense of community and willingness to give and help out permeates the school community, the PTA, staff, support staff and students.”