Hats Off: Marshall Middle School sixth-grader raising money to help animals

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Jake Magee
Monday, May 1, 2017

Who: Hannah Frank, 12, an animal lover and sixth-grader at Marshall Middle School in Janesville.

What she does: Sells homemade products with the goal of donating the profits to the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin.

Since around the beginning of the school year, Frank has made her own bath bombs and toy slime from household products such as baking soda, corn starch and glue.

She learned how to make them by watching YouTube videos.

She's been selling her creations to friends and classmates for a few bucks each. As of Thursday, Frank had raised $280 that she plans to donate to the humane society by the end of the school year.

Why she does it: Frank loves all animals—but dogs more than cats.

“I like dogs a lot because they just love you so much, and they're just so cute,” Hannah said.

The animal abuse advertisements that play on television inspired her to take action.

“The commercials on TV are really sad, so I just want to help them (the animals),” she said.

Her family has a cairn terrier and cairn terrier-poodle mix named Dory and Grizzly, Hannah said.

What others say: Hannah's grandmother, Jane Kuehn, is proud of her granddaughter's work.

“She has a love and compassion for animals that goes well beyond her years,” Kuehn wrote in an email to The Gazette. “This project was entirely her idea.  She's had the support of her family, but Hannah is the one doing all the work.”

Hannah's father, Rudy Frank, operations manager in The Gazette's circulation department, said Hannah's generosity is nothing new.

For her second-grade birthday party, Hannah accepted cash instead of gifts and donated the money to her school to help buy Smart Boards.

“I think it's pretty cool,” Rudy said. “She's always been doing things like that.”

Hannah's original goal was $200, but after passing that, she raised the goal to $300.

“I find it heartwarming that, as a 12-year-old, she has worked hard enough to earn this amount from selling $4 and $5 items,” Kuehn wrote.

What's next: Hannah doesn't think her generosity toward the humane society will end once she donates $300 by the end of the school year.

It's likely she'll continue making and selling bath bombs and giving away the proceeds. Hannah said she might make something new, too.

Hannah thinks she might donate to ECHO or local schools next.

Her father praised the creativity of his daughter, who's thinking of one day becoming an engineer or architect.

“She likes building,” Rudy said. “She's a great problem-solver.”

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