all started as a routine homework assignment for Caitlyn Schaefer. As a fifth
grader at Our Lady of Sorrows in South Orange, Caitlyn was required to give an
oral report on a story in the news for her Current Events class with Miss
Stone. The story she selected was about a dog who was thrown out of the window
of a moving car, and rescued by a Good Samaritan. The vet examined the dog and
said that the he was abused previously from the wounds he saw, and might even
lose his eye from the previous abuse.
The Good Samaritan said the dog was the sweetest thing ever and he even
wagged his tail during the interview.
Caitlyn was extremely upset by this story, and could not understand how a person could be so cruel to an animal. At this point, her distress turned to action. She asked her mother what she could do to help. Caitlyn, her mother Nancy, and OLS Principal Sister Judith Blair decided to do a tag day to help raise funds for the Humane Society. The tag day allowed students to wear green attire instead of their normal uniforms on St. Patrick’s Day in exchange for a donation to the Humane Society. Caitlyn announced the day before an assembly of the school, and on the day of the event the students supported the initiative en masse.
The entire family of Our Lady of Sorrows congratulates Caitlyn on her initiative and caring, and looks forward to helping her develop as a future leader in our community.