WASHOUGAL — Darcy Hickey and Nichol Yung’s first-graders at Cape Horn-Skye elementary participated in an annual holiday-inspired lesson that demonstrates the fun of giving while practicing an important skill along the way.
Each year classes create “tie” blankets and toys for dogs and cats at the local animal shelter. Students have been practicing their tying skills. Not only did they use this skill in the project, it gives them motivation for extra practice tying their shoes.
“At this time of year, it is easy for students to become consumed with the receiving of gifts,” said Yung. “This service learning project allows students the opportunity to give instead of receive. Children have a soft spot in their hearts for animals. Making blankets and toys for the homeless pets in our community not only shows them that no one is too little to be able to give in some way, but it also allows them to see how they can contribute to the well-being of society.”
“Animals are special,” said student Allie Purviance, who has dogs, cats and horses at home. “They know when you need them and they give you love. I hope the blankets and toys make them happy and warm.”
Student Canyon Kuthe, who has a fish named Ariel at home, said his favorite part of the project was all the tying.
“This Cape Horn Elementary blanket project means so much to our WCGHS shelter animals,” said Laura Kelly, West Columbia Gorge Humane Society volunteer and development coordinator. “Each cozy blanket the students made will provide a cat or dog with much-needed comfort in a time of change.”
Humane Society representatives visited the school Dec. 17 to talk with students and introduce them to some of the pets in the shelter.