Thank You Ms. Kelly's Class for inviting me to share cookies and books with you!
Recently I got to visit with a class of second grade students. They were so excited to hear about the Great Story World Mix-Up books, how I wrote them with my daughters and how we turned some bad art into great illustration. They made me this super cool Thank You card cut out like a puzzle, I just love it! What a creative group of students.
We had a big idea to go to Save-A-Pet to donate money we raised selling pictures of animals we drew with our friends. We sold them in a local park to people walking their dogs who bought drawings and duct tape bags to hold dog treats. We raised over $47!!!
The people at Save-A-Pet were really happy we came. They are all volunteers who care about helping homeless animals find a forever home. They said for five dollars a day we could help feed and care for a pet. That means we helped nine pets with our donation!
They gave us a tour of the shelter and let us meet some of the pets that are waiting to be adopted.
Some of the animals were surrendered because their owners couldn't keep them any more. Others came from hording houses or puppy mills, which are both really bad places for dogs and cats to live.
When Save-A-Pet takes dogs from puppy mills they take up to 30 at a time. The volunteers hold them and pet them because they were never held or played with before. The volunteers want all the pets to be well socialized before they go to their new homes.
They also take dogs and cats from high kills shelters where the pets are killed if they aren't adopted. That makes us really sad.
Save-A-Pet can only take in so many pets at a time. They said the best thing that could happen to them would be if they were put out of business, then there would be no more homeless pets.
Some of our friends have donated money they received as birthday gifts, or ran lemonade stands to raise money for Save-A-Pet. One of our teachers, Mrs. Martin, runs a tie-dye day to help out. You can even be a Junior volunteer.
What we learned is that most BIG IDEAS start very small, generous, caring people make them grow. You can visit Save-A-Pet by clicking here.
Getting a Big Idea is always a charge but it's even better when you can turn your ideas into reality. My daughters and I had the idea last summer to turn an outdoor school courtyard into a butterfly garden and science nook. The whole community pitched in to make this dream come true. It took a lot of effort but last night a corporate sponsor gave us $1000 dollars, which we gave to the school to continue the project and make collaborative learning available for all the students using that space.
This is a picture of the courtyard
before the renovation. Tree roots
had damaged the walkway and
had to be removed along with the trees.
The school poured a winding concrete walk
that would be perfect for the students
to access the garden and experiment
with optical illusions and other 'fun' science.
Donations for butterfly bushes were secured
by one of the teachers who works with
local nurseries. The students will study
the butterfly life cycle in the spring using
Students created pinwheels to measure the
breeze in the area.
They also created wish rocks to express
their hopes for the future.
I am grateful to the school and our corporate
sponsor for giving my daughters and I the
opportunity to make our Big Dream come true.
Having a collaborative space that all
the children, not just a select few, can
utilize to express their talents is so important.
What Big Dreams are you working on?
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