TEMPE, Ariz. -- Third grade students from Gethsemane Lutheran School in Tempe have been getting plenty of dirt under their finger nails thanks to all the chores they have been doing throughout the semester.
These aren't just those regular chores like picking up your clothes or putting the trash where it belongs. These third graders went above and beyond to earn some extra money. That hard work paid off. Some children saved over $100.
The money earned went for a shopping spree at PetCo. They bought pet food, pet supplies and toys for dogs and cats at a local animal shelter called AZ Happy Tails.
It's all part of a service project started by Marissa Moffitt, Gethsemane Lutheran School's third grade teacher.
Moffitt has been doing this school project for a number of years. Not only does it help the community and some dogs and cats in need, but it's a valuable teaching lesson for the children in math and in budgeting their money.
The students are responsible for figuring out what they can buy with the money they've earned and how much money they have left to spend or donate.
After dropping off all the supplies later today, these third graders will make a special trip to the shelter to give the dogs a little extra attention. Saturday morning they will take their four-legged friends on walks to give them some much needed exercise.