Both Mrs. Jeanette Hulett and Mrs. Beth Haynes’s classes from Jeff Davis Elementary School decided to sponsor a homeless dog from the Hazlehurst Animal Shelter through Operation “A Family for the Holidays”. Not only did the classes stuff the pups’ stockings (and then some), they helped their local shelter by giving much needed donations. The teachers also looked at this sponsorship as a chance to engage the students in learning opportunities. The teachers constructed lessons about giving back to the community and taking proper care of animals. The teachers had each student bring something for their class’s dog. Then the teachers and staff at Jeff Davis Elementary extended an invitation to the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society (SOAPS) volunteers and the pups of the Hazlehurst Animal Shelter. SOAPS gladly took this opportunity to educate the children about how the local shelter works, the main issues facing animals throughout the community, and the opportunities the children and community have to help. The kids even came with ideas of their own on how they could help the shelter. Of course, the kids got to meet their pup and learned their pup’s story as well. Mrs. Hulett reported that both classes had perfect attendance on this date because the kids were so excited to meet the dogs and learn what they could do to help. This opportunity was really a great one for both sides. The teachers and SOAPS hope to make this an annual event and possibly expand this to other schools. SOAPS would like thank the school staff, these terrific teachers, wonderful kids, and their parents.
Both dogs did awesome at this event and really proved what amazing animals they are! Since then, Mrs. Haynes’s class received notification that their dog, Joni, has been rescued. Cleo, the dog sponsored by Mrs. Hulett and her class, is still in search of her forever home! Please contact 912-539-4232 or 912-539-4785 to meet Cleo or learn more about her.