In Agent McGuire’s class, the animal endangerment team decided to bake treats to sell, and give the funds raised to Austin Pets Alive. The pollution team plans to rally a team of people to ride bikes to the river and pick up trash.
In Agent Rackowitz’s class, the pollution team decided to do a fundraiser to raise money for equipment to pick up trash. Once the trash has been collected, they plan to make sculptures out of the found materials. The animal endangerment team would like to work with the administration to organize a trip to the zoo in order to educate students about habitat destruction and animal abuse. They also plan to make bracelets and donate the funds to Austin Pets Alive!
We hope that the Agents in Agent McGuire’s class will team up with the Agents in Agent Rackowitz’s class, since both classes plan to pick up trash and tackle the issue of pollution, and raise money and donate to Austin Pets Alive!
We had a great time finding out how the Agents of Ortega Elementary are doing on their missions!
Agent Zettl’s class wanted Austin Pets Alive! to start classes on how to
be a responsible pet owner for people when they adopt pets. One of the
students took action and called them to ask about this possibility.
Kudos to her for being brave and taking action! Unfortunately, APA
didn’t think that it was going to be something they could do right
now. So we evaluated success and tried again.
It turns out Agent Pacheco’s class also chose the topic of animal abuse
to start solving, and they had the idea to make a fundraiser to donate
to APA. Both classes decided to join forces, and got started right
away making posters and making notes of what steps need to be taken
next to work out details with the principal. They have decided to put
on a talent show, and people can either pay a small admission fee or
bring pet supplies to donate, and all proceeds will go to APA. They
also had a lot of great ideas like making it an outdoor show so that
they could incorporate a pet talent show/ costume contest. People can
bring their dogs and enter the show! They will of course have to touch
base with the principal to make sure this is ok. Some students also
had the idea to invite APA to come out to give a brief education piece
on how to be a responsible pet owner. This way, the group that wanted
to form education classes can incorporate their ideas into the
fundraiser! You can hear about this project here!
The other group in Agent Zettl’s group decided to start solving the
problem of smoking and cancer. They had talked about writing letters
to stores in Austin asking them to take cigarettes off their shelves,
but we decided this may be a better end goal. To start with, they had
a discussion about how difficult it is to quit smoking and how people
will find a way to smoke even if some stores stop selling them. After
talking about the dangers of smoking and how it affects other people,
they started writing letters to people they know who smoke, telling
them how it’s harmful and asking them to try to quit.
In Agent Pacheco’s group, the other team was Team Pro-Peace, which is
working on the problem of terrorism. This group had chosen this topic
a few hours before the bombings in Paris a few weeks ago. We reviewed
what had happened in that situation and talked a little more about the
issue. This group had started creating a website. So far they have the
ideas of putting news articles on there and a peace plan/ petition for
people to sign. This group continued working on the design of the
website and decided to add a place where people can donate, watch
videos, see photos, and find help if they’re in need of assistance.
Agent Zettl’s class, the animal abuse team decided to volunteer to create classes at Austin Pets Alive that teach people how to be responsible pet owners when they adopt. The cancer/smoking team learned how CVS took cigarettes off their shelves, so they decided to write letters to other stores asking them to do the same.
In Agent Pacheco’s class, the animal abuse team decided to do a fundraiser (most likely a talent show) and raise money for Austin Pets Alive. We hope they will join forces with Agents in Agent Zettl’s class, since they chose the same topic and both wanted to get involved with the same organization! The terrorism team talked more in depth about what it is and what’s currently going on. That team is considering protesting, but we encourage them to do more research to learn more about this problem as well.
We look forward to returning to Ortega to learn more about your courageous leadership on these issues!