Fifth graders wanted to have fun helping their community, so they decided to have cats and dogs benefit from a carnival organized by kids.
Students at Edgar Middle School’s summer STREAM program (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math) put on the school’s first cat and dog carnival to raise awareness of the animals in shelters who need to be adopted.
The purpose was to help kids plan small steps to solve larger problems, according to fifth grade teacher Vivian Patrakakos.
“We found out what the animals needed, and the children started to brainstorm to find out how we could fulfill their needs,” she said.
The carnival is free, and includes games, food, and vendors. Proceeds will benefit animal shelters.
A donation area was also set up so that visitors could donate items for the animals such as blankets, toys, newspapers, dog food, biscuits, catnip, and other items.