At Tesseract School, every grade level takes part in an annual service learning project.
This year’s third grade class decided at the beginning of the year that they wanted to do something related to animals and their well-being.
After looking at numerous options, the class decided on Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary in Scottsdale whose mission is to promote the rescue, adoption, and well-being of senior animals, according to a press release.
One of the founders of Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary visited the classroom and introduced Ranger, one of the dogs in their care. The third graders also learned more about the mission of the organization. After the visit, students brainstormed a variety of ways in which they could help raise money.
One of the ideas suggested was to collect spare change from families at the curb.
The third graders made colorful posters and signs that they placed around campus to promote their cause. They also presented to grades K-4 during the Lower School’s weekly morning meeting.
The students took turns collecting change at the curb during the morning drop off and afternoon dismissals. Each student also wrote a persuasive piece about one of the dogs at the sanctuary that they published in their grade level newspaper.
After two weeks, they raised $1,112.86 which far exceeded their original goal of $300.
“It made me feel proud that we raised all that money just to help the dogs,” stated one student, Mila, in the release.
The third grade now plans to visit and meet some of the dogs at Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary.
Tesseract School is a not for profit private school located at 4800 E. Doubletree Ranch Road in Paradise Valley. For more information, contact the school at 480-991-1770, or visit the website at http://www.tesseractschool.org.