Cats and dogs and kids, oh my!

Cats and dogs and kids, oh my!

Second grader Nick Oslager leads the class as they count coins donated to the Animal Sanctuary.

In the final twelve days before Christmas vacation the students and staff at Mosherville School were as busy as Santa’s elves. But it wasn’t children they were preparing gifts for; it was for the dogs and cats at the Animal Care Sanctuary in East Smithfield. Without straying from their academic curriculum, students found time at home and in school to think of their four-legged friends in need. Dog and cat food, toys and other items were brought in and boxed up. “Dimes for dogs and cash for cats” were ongoing throughout the twelve days. Students decorated a family Christmas tree cut out of green construction paper and returned it to school to help decorate the halls. Some of the decorations included the family pets. All was done to encourage the excitement of sharing and giving during the holiday season.

Second graders used the final day of “dimes for dogs and cash for cats” as part of their math lesson. Each student was given a handful of the change to count from their collection. Breaking it down, each student’s amount was added together to get a total for the row. Then each row’s total was added together for a class total of $25.21. Students not only practiced their coin counting skills, they learned that if everyone does a little, a difficult tedious task becomes easy.

Cats and dogs and kids, oh my!

Third grader Kris Howland presents a box weighing almost thirteen pounds filled with $143.78 in cash to Rachel Higham and Remus for the Animal Care Sanctuary.

The final goal was to have boxes full of goodies and a cash donation to give to the Animal Care Sanctuary on Wednesday December 22 when they came to give a program at Mosherville School. The weigh in and counting of the coins along with three boxfuls of food and other items proved a success. The class collections from the five classes, kindergarten through fourth grade ranged from $13.32 weighing 7 ounces to $50.50 weighing 4 pounds one ounce, for a total donation of $143.78 weighing twelve pounds fourteen ounces. Quite a boxful of cash!

Rachel Higham and canine helper Remus came to talk to the students about taking care of pets and the responsibility involved in adopting pets. Higham and Remus demonstrated ways of teaching a dog how to walk correctly on a leash. She talked about safety with animals, such as always asking the adult owner before reaching out to pet a dog. Higham answered lots of student questions about dogs, cats and the other animals at the sanctuary. Of course all of the students had to have their turns petting Remus. That was the part of the program he enjoyed the most.

Along with the boxes of food, items and cash, the second graders at Mosherville wrote letters to the dogs and cats at the sanctuary, just to add a little more Christmas cheer and hope for them to find homes. Everyone knows that most children love animals, especially ones they can hold and pet. But these special letters show how well second grade students can truly communicate with and understand an animal friend.

Cats and dogs and kids, oh my!

Rachel Higham and Remus talk to Mosherville Students about adopting animals.

Dear dog friend,

I wish you will find a home. Have a merry Chistmas. Dogs are cool. Do you think bats are cool? I do. A home is fun. I want to give you a home but my mom does not want anymore dogs. I like pets. Do you like pets? Do you like Bones? Some Dogs do not like bones. I think you will get a good home.

Your friend,

A second grader at Mosherville School

Cats and dogs and kids, oh my!

Rachel Higham and Remus demonstrate the proper way to handle a dog on a leash.

Dear little dog,

I hope you get odopted for Christmas. You probaly will. I hope you do. My dog gets a present from Santa. Mabe you will too!

Love,

A second grader at Mosherville School

Dear little puppy,

I hope someone adoapts you and have a warm loving home. The snow is fun to play in. Puppies can play in it too. So I hope you get out.

Your friend,

A second grader at Mosherville School

Cats and dogs and kids, oh my!

Family Christmas trees including pets hang in the Mosherville School hallway.

Dear little cat,

I might adopt you. Only if you aren’t a bobcat. You could be under my Christmas tree. You could have kittens. You could go camping with me. You could have a wife.

Love,

A second grader at Mosherville School

Cats and dogs and kids; definitely a wonderful combination!

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