A talented young art student is using the power of film to rescue shelter dogs.
Ireland Smith, a fifth-grader at Top of the World Elementary, recently won second place for her film, "Together We Can: Help Homeless Animals," in the third-to-fifth-grade film division of the PTA Reflections program.
The art education enhancement program provides opportunities for students to discover and experience a variety of different art forms including literature, photography and visual arts, musical composition, dance choreography and film production, while receiving positive recognition for their efforts.
This year's theme, "Together We Can," drew 150 young movers and shakers from Laguna Beach schools, including Smith, who seized the opportunity to raise awareness about her greatest passion — saving animals.
"It makes me sad to see animals who are abandoned in shelters and don't have homes," she said. "I just want to help all of them."