Paradise Valley students give animals warm place to sleep

Christ Church School students made blankets for shelter animals. (submitted photo)

Christ Church School students made blankets for shelter animals. (submitted photo)

The work of young students at Paradise Valley’s Christ Church School has successfully granted over 100 shelter animals with a warm place to sleep at night.

During winter months, temperatures can drop to freezing at night and most of the shelter animals are sleeping on concrete while they wait to be rescued.

The third and fourth grade students at Christ Church School in Paradise Valley are animal lovers, and when they learned about the plight of these shelter animals they decided to take action – and turn it into an impromptu class project, according to a press release.

“Realizing that the help of many has more power than the hands of a few, these students petitioned Head of School Kim Westfall and asked if they could conduct a school-wide blanket and towel drive to provide shelter animals with cozy alternatives to concrete on cold winter nights,” stated CCS teacher Emma Porter, in the release.  “After receiving approval, they researched and selected two local shelters – the AZ Mastiff Rescue and the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.  They made signs, wrote a plea letter, and appealed to other students and parents at CCS for contributions.  As a class, they also worked together to make many new blankets.”

Their combined efforts paid off – 130 shelter animals are now warm due to their successful collection of blankets and towels.

For more information about how you can help shelter animals, visit the MCACC website at and the AZ Mastiff Rescue at

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