Second-graders at St. Michael’s Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia, wanted to do their part to help dogs get adopted at their local shelter.
Since the animals can’t speak for themselves, the kids decided to be their voice. The kids created letters and drawings on behalf of 24 dogs and one cat who were awaiting forever homes.
“Hello, My name is Sunday Special. I would love to be adopted. If you do adopt me, I hope I will brighten up your Sundays like the SUN! You’ll be my Sunday Special, and I hope I’ll be yours!” one letter read.
“You can snuggle with me! another letter read. “I promise that I will be a good dog. You can even sleep with me if you want! I love going on walks and playing outside. I am a medium sized dog. I’m getting bored of this place. Would you love me forever? Love, a cute puppy.”
The idea came from their teacher, Kensey Jones, who also volunteers on the weekends at Richmond Animal Care and Control. She wanted to help these animals, as well as have her students learn persuasive writing, so she figured combining the two into one mission would be perfect.
She contacted Christie Chipps Peters, the director of RACC, to see if she would like for her students to write letters from the perspective of the shelter dogs, and Peters thought it was an amazing idea.
From there, the students met with one of the shelter’s puppies, and learned about the shelter’s mission and how they could help the animals find homes.
“The stories are so sweet,” Peters told GMA. “Children write the best anyway because they have no filter and they’re honest and kind and it just comes from such a sweet spot. They haven’t yet been jaded. Reading their stories and looking at that sweet dog in the cage, I think just speaks volumes to moving on the emotional side of things.”
The students’ letters helped 20 of the 24 dogs and the cat find loving forever homes. The kids were so excited when they saw that their dogs had been adopted.
In addition to helping the dogs, the students have also blossomed as writers. Ms. Jones hopes to do this assignment again next year with her new group of students to help more shelter animals.
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