Globe University-Appleton’s Winter 2015 Global Citizenship class tested out their crafting skills while completing their Applied Learning Project for the Neenah Animal Shelter. The class made over 50 tie toys for dogs served by the organization. Globe University-Appleton’s veterinary technology program has been partnering with the shelter for several years.
Before beginning the project, the class first discussed why organizations such as the Neenah Animal Shelter are vital to the welfare of animals. Shelters rely on help from the community in the form of donations, volunteer time, and adoptions. This was part of a larger discussion about the existence and importance of non-profit organizations in our area.
About the project, instructor Amanda Loewen said “Completing this applied learning project provided an opportunity for students to learn more about community needs. In addition, it allowed the class to collaborate in order to achieve a common goal.”
The students first collected t-shirts on campus for a little over a month. They created a collection “dog house” as a class project. These activities emphasized working together as a team, creativity, and the importance of communication. The students created tie toys of all different shapes and sizes, in order to accommodate the many different shapes and sizes of dogs. The shelter was appreciative of the toys, which is a huge need!