The students in Carla Chandler’s third grade class at Arrowhead Elementary watched carefully as she demonstrated measuring, marking and cutting. They waited patiently as she passed out supplies to small groups of students. Then they worked collaboratively – helping, holding, sharing, tying – and the end result was five handmade fleece blankets for dogs and cats living at the Denver Dumb Friends League (DDFL). It was a project all the kids seemed to enjoy.
“I liked making a blanket that animals need,” Michael said.
“It felt warm and I know that the animals will be really warm in the cold cages,” Lana said.
“When the animals are happy, it’s going to make me happy too,” added Ollit. “And, it was fun.”
Along with practice using yardsticks and scissors, the students learned the importance of teamwork.
“If you work together as a team, you can get it done and succeed,” Maddox said.
“I loved to make that blanket because everyone helped and that was teamwork,” added Priyanka.
But Chandler, who donated the supplies for the blankets, said the most important thing her students learned was altruism, or unselfish concern for the welfare of others.
“We want kids to learn how good it feels to give to those in need and to understand that there are many people (and animals) that need some kindness and support,” Chandler said. “We want kids to understand that giving is part of being a good citizen.”
All five of Arrowhead’s third grade classes participated in the project, so more than two dozen blankets were donated to the Denver Dumb Friends League.