Kindergarten Caring for Animals
Community Service Learning is an integral part of life at St. Raymond School. Each year, the students participate in service projects encompassing a grade-level theme.
Focusing on this year's kindergarten community service learning theme, "Caring for Animals," the class enjoyed a visit from Dr. Stacy Hare, Medical Director at VCA Blossom Hill Animal Hospital. Dr. Hare talked about what veterinarians do and what types of animals they work with. She shared x-rays depicting different scenarios for animals in her care. She brought animal teeth and even eyeballs for the children to take a look at.
Following her talk, the students practiced being a vet on their own favorite stuffed animal from home. They applied bandages and splints to their animals with Dr. Hare's guidance, while also trying on surgical masks and attire.
The class also created catnip toys during her visit as part of the community service learning. The students worked together to fill toddler socks with dried catnip to donate to the Silicon Valley Pet Project, a local organization focusing on saving local at-risk shelter pets. The children made over 75 toys for donation.
Story and photos by Reena Singhal, Kindergarten parent