Number of Participants: 10
Hours Donated: 25
Value of Time Served: $2,113
Event Amount Raised: $5,000
Event Type: Animal Welfare
Date: June 16, 2016
580 Winthrop Avenue Bellmore
New York 11710, United States
Under the direction of Bellmore teacher Alexandra Grodin, Winthrop Avenue fourth-graders (which include student athletes) collected more than $5,000 in donated items for dogs and cats residing at Almost Home Animal Rescue. As a culminating activity, the students recently visited the shelter to see firsthand the animals they have helped.
Ms. Grodin explained that the student initiative was a yearlong service project that allowed them to apply skills they learned in class, such as writing and public speaking. “They learned to recognize their individual power to make change in the world around them and to build awareness for a cause at any age” Ms. Grodin said. “They were so excited to see the animals they have been helping and the fruits of their labor.”
After hosting a schoolwide assembly about their initiative, the fourth-grade students published a monthly newsletter to solicit specific donations and followed up with monthly announcements over the school’s loud speaker to remind peers of the important mission. They also wrote letters to local pet stores to solicit donations to the shelter. The final project included a “No Sew” project, collecting dog sweaters and sweatshirts for privately owned animals for the cold winter months.
Photo Caption: Winthrop Avenue fourth-graders are pictured with shelter volunteer Ms. Herlihy (left) and teacher Alexandra Grodin at the Almost Home Animal Shelter after having collected more than $5,000 in donations for the animals who reside there.
Photo courtesy of the Bellmore School District