When students at Fox Prairie Elementary School heard a sick fox was admitted to the Dane County Humane Society earlier this month — they took it personally, of course.

Looking to help, the school’s fourth- and fifth-grade student council members decided to have a special day Friday, Jan. 11, called “Fox Day,” to raise money for the fox and other animals at the humane society. Through either a $1 suggested donation (then they got to wear a hat in school all day), or making beaded foxes to sell for $1 to hang on backpacks, keychains or lanyards, students raised $1,400.

“Once word spread that we would be selling these on Friday, it became very clear that we needed to make a lot!” Fox Prairie fourth grade teacher Kari Reiser emailed the Hub. “It was incredible to hear stories from the students about bringing in money from their piggy banks, wanting to use money that was a gift for a special occasion and see how many students wanted to donate an extra dollar or two to help the fox.”

A group of fourth- and fifth-graders worked on them during recess, making 450 to sell Friday, and taking orders for over 100 more.

“I had about 25-30 students in my classroom every recess all week long,” she said. “The teamwork, kindness and support I saw throughout the week was amazing. Students were teaching other students how to make the foxes, helping each other with the tricky second ear, and sharing words of encouragement and support.”

The combined fundraiser total was $900, with an administrative assistant at the school later adding another $500 in matching funds from the students’ donations.

During “Fox Day,” students were encouraged to wear Fox Prairie or fox-related clothing. The Fox Prairie mascot also visited the students during lunch.

“It was incredible to see the students come together in such a positive way to support a great cause,” Reiser said. “The atmosphere around Fox Prairie on Friday was so positive and exciting.”

Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.