Animal Lovers

Grandma Kc wrote this on February 13th, 2015 22 Replies

I’ve bragged about the fact that Amara belongs to the RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) Club at her school but I can’t help it. I love that they refer to themselves as Ambassadors of Kindness. There are thirty 5th graders in RAK. I know 30 sounds like a lot of 5th graders but keep in mind there are five 5th grade classes at her school. RAK meets every Friday morning an hour before school starts. You know it is important to these students or they wouldn’t be willing to give up an hour’s sleep.

Each trimester they pick a project to promote on campus and there most recent project was Cause for Paws. For the last month or so there have been signs and big blue boxes all over the campus at Amara’s school. They collected food and toys and even made 50 chew toys out of old blue jeans they collected. It was impressive how much they had collected.

The best part was last Friday when 20 of the RAK students, 10 middle graders from Leadership along with some parents and teachers delivered all of these items to the OC Animal Shelter. This is the same shelter where Grampy and I had gone so often to looks for Twursula when she went missing. The RAK Club teachers had arranged for everyone to get a tour of the shelter when they delivered their donation. Amara’s teacher had also arranged for SAUSD Channel 31 to send a reporter along to tape the visit. They then took that video and created the following music video for the shelter. I hope you enjoy it!

Santiago OC Animal Shelter Visit Music Video from sausdnews on Vimeo.

22 thoughts on “Animal Lovers

  1. Joyce

    What a heartwarming event! I applaud Amara’s school for their efforts in educating every part of the child – not just the academic one. Those adults also make sure students become good citizens, compassionate givers of time, resources and talent.
    The video tribute is well deserved, and I am so happy to see Amara’s pretty little face featured so prominently in it! You should brag and be a very happy grandma – you are right there making her the lovely person she has grown into!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I love that Amara’s school has a RAK Club and I know it is due in large part to Amara’s teacher. I can’t wait to see what their next project will be. I should have mentioned that the OC Animal Shelter processes 30,000 animals each year so all that food and all those toys was certainly appreciated.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She is used to having me and Mom follow her around with a camera but I think she was very excited to see herself featured in this video! More paparazzi!

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  2. sarah christian

    Touching story, and the RAK group sounds so wonderful. Who would have thought those young and growing are with hearts that are filled with such love and kindness. What a wonderful thing they did for the dogs. Music is lovely. Bravo! A standing ovation for all. Thank you for sharing..

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Sarah! I got to go with them that day but unfortunately I had to leave right away due to a contact lens crisis! It was all Amara could talk about the next day.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I really think it was wonderful and I would love to know how many animals get adopted because of the event. Because of state laws the school couldn’t transport the students so their parents had to take them and siblings were invited to join. There were a lot of parents there and I know that at least one dog got adopted — I bet a lot more. I mean what parent could resist some of those puppy faces and the begging of their child?

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  3. Olga

    What a tug on the heartstrings. I am going to have to lock my car door and hide the keys til this feeling of having to go adopt a dog subsides!!
    That RAK club is the sweetest, most special thing I have heard in a long time. Kindness is exactly what this world needs.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I couldn’t agree more about the RAK Club — the world does need more kindness. And I know exactly what you mean about wanting to run right out and adopt! I hope it had that same impact on some of the parents!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Lux! She has wonderful parents who are raising her well. I’m so glad she goes to such a good school — they aren’t all the same!

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  4. Launna

    Amara is such a wonderful girl and all those children that give up an hour of sleep are pretty amazing people… I love how they are helping and serving… it is beyond wonderful… xox

    Awe the video made me cry… it was so sweet Kc… xox

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  5. Sandy

    The video is so heartwarming to watch! I’m so proud of Amara and her classmates for their participation in RAK. What a wonderful idea – cudos to the teachers and adults who are making this possible for the kids. It’s so nice to have love in your heart, but putting the love into action is what really makes the world go round. Keep up the great work, Santiago RAK students, teachers and parents!! Hugs to everyone from Amara’s Aunt Sandy!! :)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Your comment really says it all. Amara goes to such a great school and has been so fortunate to have such wonderful teachers. I know all of this is time out of their own schedules, too! I can’t wait to see what the next project is going to be!

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  6. Lisa at Grandma's Briefs

    This—and Amara—are so lovely, Kc. My heart is warmed to the core by her and this video. Love it!

    Amara’s school should be featured on a good news network of some sort, whether the “daily good news” story on the television news or some similar thing online. What an incredible place for young minds and hearts.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara does come from a very long line of animal lovers that is for sure!

      I like our idea of getting the school and students some network recognition. Amara’s teacher invited channel 31 but inviting one of the local big stations would be fun and all they could say is no! Santiago really is a wonderful school and public schools often get such bad reputations.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Sarah! We think she is pretty special, too. It really helps that she has gotten some very awesome teachers to inspire her in lots of different ways. Also helps that she has the support of her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

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