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Efforts of North club help keep cats cozy
An 8-week-old kitten, above, accepts a scratch Wednesday at the Forsyth County Humane Society. Students with the North Forsyth High DECA Club have been raising money for the organization. - photo by Autumn McBride

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North Forsyth DECA students are collecting cat litter and dog and cat food for the Humane Society of Forsyth County, as well as monetary donations for a scale and surgery table. Anyone interested in giving, should contact Kathy Kemp at or drop off donations at the school, 3635 Coal Mountain Drive.

A group of North Forsyth High School students has put its love of animals to work.

Students in the school’s DECA marketing club have been working all school year to raise funds for the Humane Society of Forsyth County.

Specifically, the club wanted to collect enough money to buy new cat kennels, a walk-on scale and surgery table.

They’re still working on the scale and table, but they recently were able to provide the kennels, which the society uses to house sick cats and kittens who can’t be around healthy felines.

“It was like divine intervention,” said Kathy Kemp, DECA club sponsor and marketing teacher.

She explained how she had talked to another North teacher about the project after one of the group’s fundraisers.

“Within 24 hours, he called me and said a friend of his who owns Treasure Junkin’  in Hammond’s Crossing had exactly what we were looking for,” Kemp said.

The kennels were dirty and needed some minor repairs, but to Humane Society Executive Director Jill Gooch they “were perfect.”

Each kennel has six compartments. The students were able to purchase three units, providing a total of 18 new spaces for the cats.

“With our budget alone, we might could have purchased something with four [compartments],” Gooch said. “The students’ help has been amazing.”

That help has included several fundraisers. Among them: a car wash in October that raised $600; a tailgate for a North football game that took in $150; and the county’s Play at the Park event, during which students collected $400 by making balloon animals.

In addition, the club has raised more than $100 through a donation jar at North’s school store. Through selling “cups for pups,” or homemade cupcakes, on Fridays, Kemp said the students have raised an additional $200.

The community project was the idea of Kemp’s daughter, Kaitlin Ramspeck, and her friend, Chelby Coley.

The two DECA members began volunteering at the no-kill shelter over the summer and thought it would make a good community project for the club. Other students quickly got on board, Kemp said.

“All the students have been glad to have this project,” she said. “It’s just amazing. We had over 30 kids come out on a Saturday in October for the car wash alone.”

The club’s next project for the shelter will be collecting cat litter and cat and dog food through December.

Gooch said those items are always needed.

“In cat litter alone, I’d say we go through 1,000 pounds a month,” she said.

The DECA students are ready to take on more projects in support of the shelter.

“I’ve just always loved pets,” said Ramspeck, who has two dogs and two cats of her own.

Added Coley, who has five rescue dogs: “My dogs are so loving. They always give their love, so it’s nice to give some of that love back.”