On Saturday morning, December 1st, a group of 18 sixth through ninth grade AST students participated in the middle school service learning project at the Gougou Shan Animal Shelter. They spent the morning working hard doing a variety of necessary jobs. They cleaned and refilled many water buckets, cleaned about 150 food bowls, hosed and swept out the indoor rooms, and cleaned areas out in the dog yards too. We also had a crew of boys, led by parent Mr. Jeff Chou, carry about 40 huge bags of donated blankets. Mr. Chou said that this involved: “a 1st trip from outside to inside the house, then inside the house to the 2nd floor, then 2nd floor to the storage spot. It was lots of heavy lifting but there was really great teamwork among the kids.” Along with all this hard work the dogs were given lots of attention and ear scratches too! All the students' efforts were greatly appreciated.
This was a great and worthwhile experience for both the students and the dogs, and we “hope it is helping the students better understand the social challenges around them and how they can make a difference.” (Chou) We look forward to being able to return in the Winter and again in the Spring this school year. These trips are possible with the support of parents who help drive and chaperone the students. This time both Mr. Chou and Mr. Calvin Ko helped make this trip a success. Thank you to both of these parents, and to Mr. Dan Norton-Middaugh who helped with the students and also took some amazing photos.
Watch for our annual fundraiser to help support the shelter, coming soon in January. There will be more information on this event soon.
Submitted by: Joan Freeman, Service Project Advisor