Second grade students at the Kenwood Leadership Academy love their reading dog, Navi, so much that they wanted to make sure that he and other animals would be safe and cared for this holiday season. So, the eight-year-olds made it happen, collecting donations for a local animal shelter and learning about team-work, marketing, and project-development along the way. The students collected everything from dog food and toys, to pet beds, blankets, treats, and cleaning supplies. They then took a trip to personally deliver the contributions to the Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control.
The students first pitched their service project idea to the principal, Mr. Brandon. With his approval, they managed the entire project themselves - identifying a list of pet needs, taking on both individual and team responsibilities, communicating the project to all school families through letters and posters, and presenting their project to other students at an all-school assembly. Visiting the animal shelter to deliver the items wrapped it all up! Why do the students love their weekly visits with Navi? Students offered several reasons:
· Navi listens to us read so that than we can learn how to be better readers.
· When we read- Navi listens.
· Navi helps us when we mess up on the words.
· We can teach Navi.
· Navi helps build confidence when we read.
· Navi helps us stay calm when we might feel frustrated.
· Navi helps to grows our relationship with animals.