A group of eighth graders from Arkansas Arts Academy finished a community service project for Fabulous Felines NWA.
As part of the project, the Rogers students created 50 beds and added toys for foster cats.
“I liked the fact that we got to be creative, and I think it’s a great opportunity to help the community,”
said Alyssa, a student.
Students picked Fabulous Felines from a list of local nonprofits. They practiced writing business letters, researched the organization and the adoptable cats, created advertisements to practice their persuasive writing, then used engineering skills to design cat enclosures to scale.
Finally, they learned to sew.
“The project-based learning model touches many different disciplines, but I was most excited to teach them to sew. My favorite moments this semester have been when a student was anxious about using the sewing machine, but by the end of class was teaching others and being recognized by their peers as the expert. Giving the students confidence while helping a great nonprofit has been extremely rewarding for me as their teacher,” said Amy Gillespie, teacher.
The students donated the finished product Friday morning, March 15, to a representative from Fabulous Felines who visited the class.