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Carly Groninga: a class of her own

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Children learn to read and write in school, but there is no official class on giving.

One Cedar Falls 2nd grader has learned on her own the power of giving through fundraising for homeless animals.

Now she's teaching a class of her own by example.

Carly Groninga is someone you should know.

"Grow up and make the world a better place," it's a message many students hear.

But one 2nd grader at Cedar Heights Elementary in Cedar Falls doesn't want to wait that long.

"More animals die than get adopted," Carly Groninga said.

8-year-old Carly Groninga loves animals even though she's allergic to them.

Recently, when she found out how many animals don't have a home, and how many lose their lives because of little shelter space, she had an idea:

"I thought I'd sell pot holders and raise some money for the Humane Society and make at least a little better home for them," she said. "Try to save some animals' lives instead of leaving it like that and letting them die."

Busily weaving potholders to raise money, Carly caught the attention of her classmates and teacher Christy Peterson.

"It's important for people to see really great things kids are doing, so many good things for the community," Peterson said.

At $4 dollars a piece, with these potholders Carly has raised more than $60 dollars for the Humane Society.

This energetic 8-year-old's parents support her project. In fact, they encourage volunteering and regularly serve at the Humane Society, food bank, and other organizations.

They say it teaches valuable lessons.

"Just how to be a responsible citizen and how to give back and earn those rewards that can't come any other way," her mother Kim Groninga said.

"TV is kinda just for yourself, but when you volunteer it's kinda for other people, too," Carly said.

Realizing the power of giving at an early age, Carly reminds grown-up kids they can help make the world a better place, too.

"If a child in 2nd grade can have this idea," Peterson said, "then there's no reason why we can't make the rest of our ideas work either."

"[I'll] just keep doing it until those animals have enough money to have a nice home," Carly said.

She's just getting started.

Carly's teacher says Carly has already inspired her classmates to give, many of them have placed custom-orders of her pot holders.

To place an order or simply visit Carly's website, click here.

Reporter: Sunny Layne

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