For these fourth grade kids helping shelter cats started with a desire to reach out in their community and make a difference.
Students at Cary Elementary School in Cary, North Carolina were asked by their teacher, Laura Proven, to make a positive difference in their community, and they found they had a passionate interest in animal shelters.
Students were horrified to find that some animal shelters in their area euthanize animals. Some wanted to send a letter to the shelters demanding that they close. Proven suggested they try the approach of rewarding the no-kill shelters with their support.
“I told them it might be a better idea to reward the good shelters instead of threatening the bad ones,” she said.
The students turned their passion into action for the cats at Cat Angels of Cary, a no-kill shelter. They made blankets for the cats. Proven used the activity as part of a unit on measurement, bringing in squares of fleece which the students cut and knotted with fringe, to go on the bottom of the cage.
They also plan to sponsor a donation drive to collect supplies and food for the shelter.