New Milford Girl Scout Katie Polley recently organized a district-wide collection drive for supplies for the Animal Welfare Society of New Milford as her Silver Award project.

She presented the 1,147 items collected and donations totaling more than $1,152 to AWS director Renee Gardner June 5.

Katie's parents, Barbara and Mark, assisted with certain aspects of the monthlong collection drive for the shelter, where Katie has volunteered for nearly a year.

To conduct the drive, Katie had to get permission from Superintendent of Schools Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote and the principals at each school; work with the principals to set a goal for the number of donation items each school thought they could contribute; create donation boxes and goal thermometers for each school; and put together a Power Point presentation about the Animal Welfare Society and gave it to each of the schools.

The Power Point presentation was written for the elementary level and accentuated some of the attributes that are part of the schools' character education program; it was tweaked for students at the high school.

The French Honor Society oversaw the collection drive at the high school. They created a "10 + 10 Challenge" and encouraged each advisory group to meet a set goal.

The high school was the only school to also collect monetary donations.

Each week Katie collected and counted the items collected at each school and recorded the results on the thermometers.

Virginia Mooney's first-grade class at John Pettibone School was responsible for the thermometer and helped count the items each week.

Katie joined the students one week, read them a book and helped count the items.

Donated items included canned and dry dog and cat food, cat and dog toys and treats, collars, leashes, blankets, towels and cleaning supplies.