Janesville elementary schoolers raise $2K for Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

JANESVILLE, Wis. — A group of fourth-grade girls at Roosevelt Elementary School in Janesville combined two of their favorite things — art and animals — to help furry friends in need.

On Monday, the girls — Sofia Nattinger, Izzy Purkapile, Addley Demerath, Emma Gremminger, Brynley Utzig and Liv Karlin — presented a check for $2,000 to the Humane Society of Rock County. They raised the money through donations and by selling artwork at local farmers’ markets over the summer.

“It was a little intimidating at first, talking to random people as they passed our booth and telling them about our mission of creating art and giving 100% of the sales and donations to the humane society,” Utzig said. “We became more confident as the summer went on and by the end, we had no problem explaining our mission to the crowds at the market.”

The girls were inspired by the community service they did in third grade.