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|Project Title: ||Cause for Paws|
|School Year: ||2006|
|School - District:||Franklin - Newton|
|Contact Name:||Lauren Homer|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts|
|Community Need:||Community Development, (Animal Overpopulation)|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
Cause for Paws is a fundraiser that benefits homeless animals. The class met with representatives from the Pine Ridge Animal Center in Dedham, MA. They learned all about the overpopulation of pets, and what we, as pet owners, can do to help stop overpopulation. The students learned about spaying and neutering, pet care, pet safety, and what they and we can do to help.
The students made brochures to educate Franklin School about the overpopulation of animals, and the amount of homeless animals that exist. The students also spent hours making signs and fliers, decorating boxes, and decorating tins. They collected money, litter, food, gift certificates, towels, newspapers, and much, much more! Many families took their donation tins to stores and churches and other areas around Newton.
Thanks to our efforts, the Boston Animal Rescue League will receive over $700.00, and over 10 boxes filled with items for the shelter animals. This project was a HUGE success!
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Overpopulation of animals. The students had a visit from shelter representatives. They made brochures to educated people, and raised money and collected donations to donate to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
|Service Component: |
The students worked for at least nine hours on this project, planning, making signs and various other things that they needed in order to collect donations. Hundreds of animals in the Boston area will benefit from all of their efforts!
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
The students will begin by reading Every Living Thing by Cynthia Rylant. This book contains a series of short stories that deal with the relationship between human and animal, and how each affects the other in such positive ways in real life. (Standards 7.9, 8.4, 8.5, 8.15-8.18)
I will also pull small, leveled reading groups to discuss comprehension questions and reading strategies such as inferring, predicting, visualization, etc.
After the students have completed the short stories, I will be giving a writing assignment. The students will be asked to choose their favorite story and write an essay. They will be given specific instructions about what to include in this essay, and will be expected to follow our writing process from start to finish (plan, edit, draft, final, etc.). (Standard 19.12) This will be a long-term homework project.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Youth voice can be utilized in this project by taking students to the shelters and grouping them with shelter employees. The groups could exchange ideas about a project and, by doing so, can share the learning experience. Students can also, in addition to educating the community by flyering and brochures, plan presentations to take to other schools in the district about animal overpopulation.
|Student Reflection Component: |
The students completed a before-project reflection. They also wrote a "newspaper" article about the project when it was completed, and included their personal thoughts in the article.
|Community Partners Involved: |
Community partners were the Pine Ridge Animal Center in Dedham, MA and the Boston Animal Rescue League. Partners could also include local veternarians or responsible dog breeders.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
The CSL Celebration was at Newton North. We had planned on inviting the reps from the shelter to present them with the donations, but that could not happen.
|Evaluation of Project’s Impact:|
To evaluate the project, I basically looked at what our goals were (to learn about overpopulation of animals and how we can help, to educate the community, and to collect donations for shelters), and I thought about whether or not we achieved them, and how we went about it. This project went just as planned, if not better (we raised over $700.00, and collected over 10 boxes of items!), although of course there are still some things that I would tweak for next time.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
The main challenge was getting all of my volunteers organized. I had many parents who were organizing donation "stations" at each venue in Newton. It was difficult to answer all questions, find out what was allowed, etc. I know now that organization is the key. It was also difficult to find time to complete the preparation in school. A solution to this would be to have kids work on posters at home.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.