St. Alexander Kindergarten Students Supporting Four-Legged Friends

It started off with a play hospital.

As these things so often do, says Tracy Goodwin, the Kindergarten teacher at St. Alexander Catholic Elementary School in Fonthill, the patients went from human to the four-legged variety, with students playing veterinarian with their favourite stuffed friends.

That led to a conversation about the various animals helped by veterinarians, why they might end up at a vet and how a vet can help pets get healthy – and stay healthy.

Next up came a visit from a service dog used by a student at the school, which led to more discussion about how animals can help people and what happens to animals who sometimes have to leave their homes.

And that, says Mrs. Goodwin, became the catalyst (sorry for the pun), for a fundraiser for the Welland SPCA.

This week, students have been busy grating carrots, measuring flour and mixing in eggs and pumpkin to create hundreds of dog treats to sell to raise money for the agency. In all, more than 500 biscuits have been made and sold to parents and staff at St. Alexander Catholic Elementary School, with a limited supply available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. With the money raised, students will take a trip to Giant Tiger and Pet Valu to buy treats and food which they will then deliver on December 10 to the Welland SPCA.

It’s an outstanding example of experiential and inquiry-based learning – from playing veterinarian to mixing and measuring and learning about the value of items to what may be the most valuable lesson – the importance of giving to others, even Fluffy and Fido. And it was also good messy fun for the little ones.

Enjoy this video of the students in action. If you’d like to order treats, email The treats are being sold by donation only on a first-come, first-served basis and are only available through December 5, while supplies last.

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