It's a new classroom record: $4,000 right on the money.
Margaret Van Deurzen's fifth-grade class at Wilder Elementary School in Green Bay raised $4,000 for the Bay Area Humane Society by selling decoratively wrapped dog bones and cat treats for $1 each during the school year.
For nearly 20 years, Van Deurzen has been teaching her students about the value of making a difference with a project that gives the kids a sense of empowerment and self-confidence. Students come in before and after school and during recess to wrap the treats, which they sell at school functions, farmers markets and local businesses. The children and their families donate the supplies.
Each year, the amount raised has topped the tally of the previous class. The 2012 total was $3,190.87.
The students celebrated their hard work Wednesday with a congratulatory visit by several Green Bay Packers players and Packers director of player development Rob Davis.