Students ‘Dress Down’ For Portage Co. APL

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KENT, OH — Local students are setting an example for others one dress down day at a time.

Administrators at St. Patrick Catholic School saw a report of three animals badly injured over Labor Day weekend. Because the Portage County APL is a non-profit organization, it was not able to fully afford to care for the injured animals.

The school principal decided to get the students involved in the creative effort. Friday, St. Patrick presented a $1,000 check to the APL.

“I said, ‘we’ve got to do something about this,” said Principal Howard Mancini. “So, we came up with the idea. We always do a dress down day, but what we did on this one, we did an extra one, asked the kids to bring in the normal .50 cents and if you’d like to bring in a little more. We thought maybe $300 or $400 would come in. But the end of the day, we were in the mid-$800’s. We put out one more plea and we hit $1,000.

Principal Mancini hopes the giving attitude of the students inspires the community to give back as well.