Students and staff at Hardin Park School recently pooled their change and -- over the course of a single week -- raised $697.18 for the Watauga County Humane Society.

The Pennies for Pups effort was inspired by The Great Kindness Challenge, a program that provides opportunities for students to show small acts of kindness throughout their day. 

Collection boxes were distributed to classrooms across the school and, in a short stretch -- pennies, quarters and dimes at a time -- money started to pour in.

The money raised by Hardin Park students during Pennies for Pups was enough to sponsor 10 animals, one for each grade level of classes that participated.

Animals sponsored by Hardin Park students are noted at the website, WataugaHumane.org.