Project R.E.A.C.H. was born from my passion for animals, and my desire to create awareness about animal adoption, standing up against animal cruelty, and promoting responsible pet ownership. I decided that my classroom would be a great place to start to make a change, beginning with my students! Start small. Think BIG. R.E.A.C.H.
Wow! We are now starting Week 8 of the school year and are excited to continue with our PSA brainstorming and other lessons. :)
After some technical difficulties, we finally have some pictures of our Animal Research Projects to share with you. We need to give a special THANK YOU to Ms. Linda because her donation to Project R.E.A.C.H. gave us the poster paper the students used to design their projects. If you notice a shine on the posters, it's because they have been laminated so we can preserve them. :)
In case you don't remember, all of the students were able to choose their favorite animal (wild or domesticated)and complete research about the animal, their habitats, etc.
In spite of some internet difficulties this week, (hence the lack of Facebook and Blog posts), (almost) everyone has completed their animal research projects and I couldn't be more proud. Research ranged from Boston Terriers, to Chausie cats, to African elephants and Ocelots. This wide array of animals, wild and domesticated, speaks to the interest and love of animals that the students have. Some printed out pictures, others drew or traced them, and all put a lot of thought into the way their projects were designed, worded, and put together. I think each of the students deserves a fantastic round of applause for their tremendous effort. Pictures will be coming! My cell phone (where the pictures are located) is currently out of commission, but should be up and operating at some point over the weekend. Moving forward, we will be focusing on some of our fundraising efforts and our public service announcement projects to promote adoption. Also, this week one of our friends from Purrfect Tales forwarded an AWESOME poetry contest from American Pet Products Association called "Pets Add Life" for students in grades 3 through 8. Students from all across the nation are invited to "write a unique poem about their pets, what they love about them, and the joys they bring into their lives." If selected, one student from each of the grades will win "a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a byline in a nationally circulated publication or online outlet. In addition, the six winning students' classrooms will each win a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education (A.K.A. Project R.E.A.C.H.! :) or to support a classroom pet. How cool would that be?
Although not every R.E.A.C.H.er will be able to participate (as we range from 7-12), there will be 7 students who are eligible!! :) How exciting! We definitely have some talented writers, so I am excited to see what they come up with. Even if someone doesn't win, what a WONDERFUL way to express the joys of having animals in our lives! Thank you so much, Ms. Carolina for thinking of us!! <3 Check out the link www.petsaddlife.org to learn more about the contest in which we will be participating. If you ever come across any project, initiative, or that you think we could get involved in, please feel free to e-mail me or message us on our Facebook page!!! :)
The animal research projects are almost all totally completed, which means that we are pretty much on target! After participating in "Remember Me Thursday" on 9/26/13, the students are beginning light brainstorming for public service announcement ideas to promote pet adoption! :) Stay tuned, because details will be forthcoming.
If you follow us on our Facebook page, you will notice that the students are now becoming more active on the page throughout the day. They are beginning to learn about posting, sharing, and networking. They will be posting as groups, as individuals, and anonymously. Everyone will be participating in their own way. They will soon be developing collages for "advertising" animals looking for homes. Everything will be coming available, all in good time. Please be patient as we make this transition. :) Encouragement and positive reinforcement will be greatly appreciated. Soon the students will be posting blog entries, as well. Naturally, the students will only be able to post during the day, so I will still be posting during the evenings and over the weekend. They all have their own unique voices and are VERY excited to share them with you to benefit the animals.
In other news, we are also getting geared up and getting things arranged to begin our first fundraiser of the year for animals in need. :) Be on the look out for posts about these upcoming festivities!
Last, but certainly not least, we want to give a BIG thank you to our fellow R.E.A.C.H.er, Ms. Linda Halscheid for her generous donation to us. Through the Ms. Linda's kindness, we were able to purchase MANY supplies that will be used to fundraise and spread the word about animals in need in our community. We are so grateful for Ms. Linda's support and we thank each of you for following us, and for joining us in our journey to make a difference.