Members of the People to Pets Club at South Londonderry Elementary School, front row, from left: Club treasurer Julia Turk, president Anna Sampson, vice president Chase Vanini, Josh Tucker and Hayley Lafond. Standing, from left, are: Megan Fedele, Jaia Jackson, Aiyana Herrera, Lislly Carson,  fifth-grade paraprofessional Diane Fisher and club secretary Emily Fredette.

LONDONDERRY — Ten fifth-graders at South Londonderry Elementary School share their love for animals in a club called People to Paws. They collect items — food, blankets, toys and lots of paper towels — during the school year that they donate to the Salem Animal Rescue League.

"We used to collect money, too," club president Anna Sampson said, "but because of the economy, it might be harder for people."

Most of the members have pets of their own, some of them adopted from the Salem shelter.

"This is the club's third year," said Diane Fisher, a fifth-grade paraprofessional who oversees the club that meets every Tuesday during recess. "The kids are passionate about animals."

Just inside the main entrance of the school, the club members set up a table with posters asking for donations. They regularly make announcements over the school's public address system, too.

"We really need paper towels," Anna said.

The table is full of items brought to the school by other students, staff and parents who stop by with goods.

"Sometimes, I'll bring the things to Salem and sometimes they'll send someone to pick things up," Fisher said. "I'd like to plan a trip to the shelter for the club."

Fisher said she hopes the students continue the club next fall when they go to middle school.

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