NYC Middle Schoolers Support Dog Rescue
At DREAM Charter School in Harlem, there’s a unique elective offered by the school’s social workers: “The Pay it Forward Club.” This once-weekly elective is a reward, and must be earned through proper schoolwork and behavior. The school’s vision states, “DREAM Charter School develops life-long learners who make positive change in their communities and the world.”
Foster Dogs NYC’s Executive Director Sarah Brasky went to visit DREAM Charter School recently, to discuss the mission with the children and let them know the social good in which they were to participate. School social worker Jenna Berman worked with one of the art teachers to create a long-term art project that would benefit Foster Dogs and would be enjoyable for the children, ages 11-13.
The wooden picture frames were painted by the children, over the span of several weeks. One child in the class asked Sarah to display a photo of a puppy, so he would be able to draw a dog on his frame. Sarah displayed a picture of her dog Ozzie, and the sketch was uncanny.
Foster Dogs’ annual holiday fundraiser is December 10th, where the picture frames will be shown, displaying pictures of dogs in need of foster homes and adopters. There are many creative ways to show children the beauty of helping others, animals and humans alike. We look forward to showing off the child-painted frames at Thursday’s fundraiser! Order your ticket to reserve your spot.
Photos and article by Sarah Oren Brasky, for Foster Dogs Inc.