Morganza, MD — Every year the students at Chopticon High participate in a food drive during the holiday season. This year one student wanted to make sure that homeless animals weren’t left out of the equation/

Chopticon High School senior Nicolina Kucinski has organized a dog and cat food drive during the annual Kids Helping Kids Food Drive at the school. She is being assisted in the effort by Scott Russell, a social studies teacher.

Nicolina and her mother Danielle met with The BayNet in hopes that word will get out to parents who will encourage their children to participate in the drive. Nicolina and Danielle know firsthand what it means. They have been fostering dogs for Second Hope Rescue for quite some time. Second Hope, a local all-breed, non-profit rescue group, will be the beneficiary of the donations.

Nicolina said, “I wanted to make parents aware and recognize the hard work of all those who foster dogs for Second Hope Rescue.”

The Kucinskis posed for pictures at PetValu in Leonardtown, one of the locations which routinely allows Second Hope to hold adoption events. Others include Pepper’s Pet Pantry in Solomons and PETCO in La Plata.

For the picture session the Kucinskis brought with them Ana, a Chihuahua who they are fostering and who is available for adoption, and 8-year-old Seuss, a mixed Border Collie, who they rescued and who has become an integral part of their family.

Pet food donations can be dropped off at Mr. Russell’s room (A112) through Dec.12.

For more information about Second Hope Rescue, including their adoptable dogs and cats, go to

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