Mt. Hope STEAM
In December, Ms. Marin’s 5th grade class at Mt. Hope STEAM decided to do a community service project for the holidays. The class decided to partner with the Ingham County Animal Shelter for their project. The students wanted to make blankets and toys, and also collect supplies the shelter is always in need of such as food, treats, litter, etc. Over a 3 week period, the class was able to raise $110.00. They decided to spend the bulk of the money on material for blankets, and after doing much research on how to make safe and fun toys for cats and dogs they also budgeted enough money for toy materials. The class did a one day community service activity in the classroom to put together toys, and sew blankets, as well as, make tie blankets. In total the class was able to make 41 blankets of all different sizes for the dogs and cats, as well as, a total of 95 toys for both cats and dogs.
Working together with the director of the Ingham County Animal Shelter, a date was set to deliver all of their donations. Students met at the shelter on December 23, 2017 to deliver the donations to the animals that would have to spend the holidays in the shelter. In total, the class collected a few dog beds, dog and cat food, 40 lbs. of litter, over a 100 toys (some had been donated to add to the toys the students made), and the 41 blankets. The director of the shelter greeted the students and told them how much he appreciated them picking the shelter for their community service project, and then students were allowed to visit with the animals that were left in the shelter.