Of course, kids love dogs! So, what better way to learn than to encourage young kindergarteners to help out dogs in need?
A junior kindergarten class at Harrisburg Horizon Elementary in South Dakota is doing exactly that. The students are working together to make their own dog treats to sell in a fundraiser. All the proceeds go to Almost Home Canine Rescue.
Treats for a Good Cause
The kids are having a blast with their new project. 5-year-old Julia Page even points out that she’s better at this than her twin brother is. She tells a reporter that her brother uses too much flour. She also made a point to say that the brown treats looked like poop at first. Of course, they’re really using safe, delicious ingredients for the treats despite what Julia thinks of the colors.
Luckily, there are plenty of teachers in the room to keep an eye on quality control. So, the students have to follow recipes to create the perfect dog treats. The teachers want to make sure the kids make the tastiest treats possible. Also, they want to ensure that the students learn a thing or two in the process as well.
“Play-based learning, project-based learning, learning things in context, learning numbers, they’re reading… all those things all the way through this project,” said their teacher, Sarah Hansen.
Hard Work Pays Off
The students are also very enthusiastic about the work they’re doing. Many of them have dogs of their own, so they know how important it is to keep dogs happy. Now, they’re all aware of the importance of rescuing dogs too.
“It’s an emergency and we need to help them right away,” said 5-year-old Garrett Laetsch.
Garrett told the news reporters that his favorite part is rolling the treats. He seems to be having just as much fun as his classmates, and he understands that the work they’re doing is important. He and Julia are both great at explaining why this fundraiser is so crucial.
“Because if the dogs don’t have money then the dogs don’t get rescued,” Julia said.
Julia says that her family has a Boxer at home. She loves him very much, and she says that he even gives the best nose kisses. Maybe her Boxer will be lucky enough to get some of her special dog treats.
The class is selling these delicious bags of dog treats for $1 each. All of the proceeds go to the rescue, so the more money they can raise, the better! The kids are clearly proud of the work they’re doing, so hopefully, they’ll all grow up to be caring, responsible dog lovers!