Dear Grove Families,
For the last couple of months we have worked quite a bit on nature awareness and the children have become very interested in how we can help and protect animals.
We talked about the different ways animals live – i.e. in the circus, as pets, on the farm, in zoos, in the wild….and that ALL animals should and want to be treated with respect. We also thought about how we can help animals in need such as: adopting pets from a shelter, taking injured wild animals to the wild life rehab center, or helping to find the owner of a lost pet.
I told the kids about my trip to an animal farm sanctuary and an animal assisted school for kids and animals in need in upstate NY. We thought it might be nice to help those animals with some “pocket money” so that they can finally enjoy a nice life and healthy food. Since we have a Monday afternoon circus class that is animal friendly, we also decided to support a beautiful village for “retired” circus elephants that had a very hard life.
We came up with the idea of an “Art for the Animals” project and started to get into animal paintings, drawings and sculpture work to raise money for our animal friends.
In our lobby you can visit our little art gallery and can ‘adopt’ any artwork you like (preferably the work of your child) for a small donation and pick it up on the end of the exhibition. We will put a sign on the ‘animals’ that found a good home!
Please have a look at the homepages of these three special organizations:
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee- http://www.elephants.com/
Animal Farm Sanctuary- http://www.farmsanctuary.org
Green Chimneys- http://www.greenchimneys.org
We will collect all donations in a little treasure box in the lobby that the children decorated. Everything collected will be split between the animal assisted school, the animal farm sanctuary, and the village for mistreated circus elephants. At the end of the project, the children will send a letter with pictures of our art work to each of the rescue organizations. It is not about collecting a lot of money, but about an awareness of animals in need and that everybody can help!
I think it is very important that children learn to care about all living things and I am happy that the kids care so much about our environment and supporting animals in need!
Thank you for your support and enjoy the little exhibition!