Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets | Community Spirit
Students at Fletcher Middle Participate in the Opening of the Beaches Parade
Four students from Fletcher Middle School participated in the Opening of the Beaches Parade with Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA). The girls were asked to participate by the FOJA beach committee.
In addition to walking the dogs and hyping the crowd during the parade, the girls designed posters, flyers and decorations for the float. The theme was “Rock Star” and they gave the dogs names such as “Mick Wagger” and “Elvis Pawsley.” The girls continued volunteering at FOJA’s adoption event after the parade. Four of the dogs found potential homes thanks to students’ efforts.
This project began in December during a service-learning lesson in the classroom. During a unit on research and communication, the students studied and discussed pet overpopulation. They created public service announcements for Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS). They also did a service project by making “adoption bags” that were given to families who adopted from the shelter.
During the session, the students had a guest speaker from ACPS. She told the students that they could volunteer at the shelter as young as age 13. These four girls have continued volunteer work at the shelter on their own and that is why they were asked by the FOJA beaches committee to participate in the parade.
If any teachers want to take advantage of the educational programs offered by the Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services, contact Christine Parker CLParker@coj.net the educational coordinator. She has programs for students of all ages.
Article submitted by Lindsay Layendecker, creative writing and journalism instructor at Fletcher Middle.