Monday, November 17, 2014

A Party for a "Purr"pose

I am SOOOOOO excited to share this fabulous idea with you for this holiday season! Before we get to the sweet stuff I want to share some background info about me. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I am a Mommy to lots of fur babies--6 to be exact! Ever since I was little I have loved animals. I was that child that always brought home the strays and begged to keep them. As I grew up my passion and love for animals never changed. Today, I have 3 dogs--Bella, Sophie, and Gio--and 3 cats--Milo, Leo, and Ryder. If I had a bigger house, and if my husband wouldn't hurt me (lol), I would own more! You may think I am crazy but I have so much love to give them and I want all animals to feel the love my fur babies feel. Every year at Christmas I get items to take to the shelter. Seven years ago when I started teaching, I invited my students to send in donations. Each year has been successful and I want this year to be no different.

Here's a look at my kids...

A few weeks ago I was home snuggling with my new kitty, Ryder, {who was found in the front of my school} and I was thinking how can I make this year better for the animals? I had this thought to have a party with my students where they can make toys for the dogs and cats. Thanks to Pinterest I found many easy ways my students can make inexpensive toys for the fur babies! We are making T-shirt braid ropes, tennis ball t-shirt toys, and cat nip toys with baby socks. Take a look at my Pinterest Board for more ideas and directions for things to do with your class. That is where my Party for a "Purr"pose came from! I typed up a letter, which you can find HERE, and sent it out to my class the next day! I was so excited to share this idea with them because they love animals just as much as me! So this year our class will be participating in a service learning project for our local animal shelter. A service learning project integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich learning. Research has shown that teaching young children from an early age to engage in unselfish behaviors and empathize with others can reduce the chances of developing bully like characteristics.

For the past 2 weeks my students have brought in many items for the toys they will be making. Our party will be on Tuesday before we go on Thanksgiving break. Along with the party, my students have brought in supplies, food, and blankets for the shelter. I am so excited to see how much we will have to donate at the end of our service learning project!

I have posted the Party for a "Purr"pose items in my store HERE. Half of the proceeds from this product will be donated to our local animal shelter. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting this cause that I am very passionate about. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!


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