Chew Toys for Puppy Love
Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that combines academics with meaningful service in the community.
Puppy Love is the City of Norfolk’s animal shelter as well as Battle Creek, Tilden, Stanton, Madison, Meadow Grove, Neligh, and Oakdale. It has an overwhelming job to house and care for as many stray animals as they can.
Team 2 students learned you don’t have to be an animal expert to help a community’s shelter. Animal shelters are happy to receive donations. Many pet supplies are needed at the shelter. The list is long and our students were drawn to the idea of pet toy donations. Team 2 stepped outside in the spring sunshine to craft over 30 chew toys for Puppy Love.
Our school librarian, Mrs. Brommer, had a keen interest in Team 2’s project. She and her husband have adopted eight special needs dogs from various rescue leagues. They brought four of their “kids” to school and shared their story of pet adoption. Mrs. Brommer held everyone’s attention with each dog’s dramatic “before” and “after” story. It was encouraging to see what love can do for a homeless pet. Their story is not one we will soon forget. Thanks, Mr. and Mrs. Brommer, for all the great work you do to give special need dogs a good home and a second chance.
Several students asked for the pattern to make a chew toy for a pet at home. Click here for our pattern and let the nibbling begin!