Likely students raising money for abandoned dog

Students at Likely Elementary School in the Cariboo region are raising money to buy dog food for Tara, an abandoned dog who has lived in the forest near their community for about three years. (Photo submitted)Students at Likely Elementary School in the Cariboo region are raising money to buy dog food for Tara, an abandoned dog who has lived in the forest near their community for about three years. (Photo submitted)
Students with help from the staff at Likely Elementary School are hosting a Loonie drive to buy dog food for Tara, an abandoned dog who has lived on the outskirts of Likely for about three years. (Photo submitted)Students with help from the staff at Likely Elementary School are hosting a Loonie drive to buy dog food for Tara, an abandoned dog who has lived on the outskirts of Likely for about three years. (Photo submitted)

Children at a rural school in the Cariboo are raising money through a Loonie drive to feed an abandoned dog that has lived on the outskirts of their community for about three years.

“Everyone who lives around here has seen Tara the white dog,” said Likely Elementary/Secondary Rural School principal Jill Kurki. “She will come along the road that leads to the Likely Bridge. Everyone will feed her and try to get her into a vehicle but she is very, very skittish.”

Kurki said Ingrid and Craig Ritson, who live in the community, have taken care of Tara for the last three years.

They built a shelter and a self-feeder for her, which they placed along the Ditch Road, and have been bringing dog food there every two weeks.

“It was getting too much for them and they put a notice up at the post office,” Kurki said, adding the funds raised will also go toward shelter materials if needed in the future.

Read more: New principal of Likely Elementary appointed

Kurki read the notice out to the school’s 15 students and they immediately wanted to help.

When she told the students they wouldn’t be allowed to go out to the Ditch Road site because Tara is skittish and she did not want to expose them to that, they decided they could fundraise and buy Tara treats for Christmas.

“It has been this really lovely outreach lesson. We have been studying different traits on how we learn and grow as humans, thinking outside yourself and caring about people in your community and working together is all coming together and this little project is hitting on all those traits,” Kurki said.

Kurki is in her third year at the school. After the students made posters asking for contributions toward the Loonie drive the response has been good.

The drive ends Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 and Kurki said the students cannot wait to see how much is raised.

“When they do the counting on Monday it will be a math lesson as well.”

Coming to the aid of Tara has almost been contagious, with the enthusiasm organically grown on its own, she added.

Read more: COS says grizzly bear sightings up in the Likely area



news@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CaribooStudents

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Williams Lake Community Policing Chair Baldish Singh Sunner. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake Community Policing request for increased funding denied

Council voted 4 to 3 in favour to keep it at $15,000 for one-year agreement

A sign indicating a COVID-19 testing site is displayed inside a parking garage in West Nyack, N.Y., Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The site was only open to students and staff of Rockland County schools in an effort to test enough people to keep the schools open for in-person learning. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
4 more deaths, 54 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

This brings the total to 66 deaths in the region

Interior Health is reporting the COVID-19 outbreak at Cariboo Memorial Hospital is now up to 13 staff. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
46 more COVID-19 cases linked to Cariboo Chilcotin community cluster: Interior Health

Cariboo Memorial Hospital outbreak now at 13 staff members

Canim Lake Band remains in lockdown. (Martina Dopf photo)
Canim Lake Band grieves loss of second Elder due to COVID-19

Elder, who lived away from home, was ‘matriarch, a fierce protector’, Chief says.

50 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were provided to Williams Lake First Nation elders and members with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems Tuesday, Jan. 26. (Williams Lake First Nation Facebook photo)
UPDATE: Moderna vaccine arrives at Williams Lake First Nation community of Sugar Cane

Vaccination clinics this week at Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

SAR crews worked late into the night Tuesday to rescue an injured snowboarder in North Vancouver. (Facebook/North Shore Rescue)
Complicated, dangerous rescue saves man in avalanche near Cypress Mountain

North Shore SAR team braves considerable conditions to reach injured snowboarder

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A Cessna 170 airplane similar to the one pictured above is reported to be missing off the waters between Victoria and Washington State. Twitter photo/USCG
UPDATE: No sign of small plane that went down in waters south of Vancouver Island

Searchers out on both sides of border between Victoria and Port Angeles

In this undated image made from a video taken by the Duke of Sussex and posted on @SaveChildrenUK by the Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, shows the Duchess of Sussex reading the book “Duck! Rabbit!” to their son Archie who celebrates his first birthday on Wednesday May 6, 2020. The Canadian Paediatric Society is reminding families that the process of raising a reader starts from birth. (Duke of Sussex/@SaveChildrenUK)
Canadian Paediatric Society says raising a reader starts from birth

CPS says literacy is one of the strongest predictors of lifelong health outcomes

Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough responds to a question during a news conference Thursday August 20, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Easing rules for parental benefits created inequities among parents, documents say

Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough’s office says the government will make any necessary changes

People walk along a pedestrianized zone of Sainte-Catherine street in Montreal, Monday, May 18, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. Newly released statistics point to a major drop in police-recorded crime during the first eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Crime down in first 8 months of pandemic, but mental health calls rise: StatCan

The agency says violent crimes such as assault dropped significantly

Cowichan Tribes chief Squtxulenhuw (William Seymour) confirmed the first death in the First Nations community from COVID-19. (File photo)
Cowichan Tribes confirms 1st death amid growing COVID-19 outbreak

Shelter-in-place order has been extended to Feb. 5

(Pixabay)
B.C. teacher gets 1 day suspension after ‘aggressively’ throwing dumbbell at student

Documents show the weight would have hit the student if they didn’t catch it

Most Read