TAZEWELL (WATE) - A group of third and fourth graders at Tazewell-New Tazewell Primary is raising money to help an injured dog that wandered onto their playground during recess.
It happened in Claiborne County on Friday, and it's believed the dog was hit by a car before making her way to the school.
"This dog, I think it's a little bit little, but it still needs help and stuff like that. And it's just a little dog, and people really do feel sad about it," said fourth grade student Braden Owens.
The Claiborne Animal Shelter named the dog TNT after the school where students are raising money to help her.
"We're trying to raise money to help the dog so it can have it's surgery and so it doesn't have to live its life as it is now," said fourth grade students Jorden Funk and Taylor Morcale.
TNT has a broken leg which requires pins to fix, or the little dog's leg would have to be amputated.
"Last night we did an Alert Now that went out to all the parents letting them know that we were going to attempt to raise the money for the animal to have surgery. It's $400," explained Principal Paula Goins.
Shelter director Liza Martz says it's heartwarming to see young children take an active interest in saving a dog's life.
"When the kids said they wanted to raise the money, we went ahead and based on that, scheduled her an appointment this afternoon to go to the vet in Knoxville and get her leg fixed," Martz said.
The students' compassion has their teachers proud as well.
"The students got excited and wanted to step in and help do whatever they could," said teacher Erica Pressnell.
The third and fourth graders are also collecting items for other animals at the shelter.
So far, the kids at TNT Primary have raised more than half of their $400 goal, after just one day of fundraising.
They hope to have all the money together by Monday, April 15.
If you'd like to help, you can drop off donations at TNT Primary in the main office.