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Reynolds High metals students create shamrock signs for shelter pets

Metals students at Reynolds High School brought some tender loving care to cats and dogs at the Multnomah County Animal Services & Shelter in Troutdale on Friday, March 15, attaching metal shamrock signs to cage doors.

The 60 metal shamrocks helped promote a St. Patrick’s Day special at the shelter and added pizzazz to the rows of metal kennels.

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Metal shop students from Reynolds High School made shamrocks with positive statements to hang on cages at the Multnomah County Animal Shelter to help animals there find new owners.

“The students just really rise to the occasion in a selfless manner,” said Bernie Kleiman, the metals teacher. “We heard that after we put hearts up for Valentine’s Day last year, more animals were adopted than usual. These signs help gravitate people toward the animals a bit and warm them up.”

Painted bright green, the shamrock signs bear St. Patrick’s Day-related messages, such as “pick me” and “I’m lucky.”

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Harmony the cat watches as Kelsey Orchard of Reynolds High School attaches one of the metal shamrocks on a cage.

Kleiman said each year he and his wife brainstorm ways his program — this year, six classes with about 200 students — can contribute to the community and plan various ways to help out.

“I’m glad we had the opportunity to help the Humane Society,” said Jeffery Pane, a freshman in the metals program.

Kelsey Orchard and Emma Miles, also freshmen, said the project was a perfect combination of their interest in metals and passion for animals.

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Left, students from Reynolds High School, from left, Striker Brault, Kelsey Orchard, Jeffery Paine, Emma Miles and Tony Tucker took part in making metal shamrocks for animal cages at Multnomah County Animal Shelter. The shamrocks were meant to help pets find new owners.

Along with the shelter signs, students last fall created a veterans display at the school and fabricated ornaments for Troutdale’s Christmas tree lighting in Mayors Square.

Additionally, the classes create specialized metal clocks for children at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University.

To learn more about Reynolds’ metals program, call 503-667-3186, ext. 1100.

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