Welcome, Joslin Agents!
In Agent Cotera’s class:
The Bullying Team plans to convince the Counselor to sponsor a march to encourage fellow students to be courageous bystanders.
The Immigration Team plans to film a YouTube video encouraging support for respectful treatment of undocumented immigrant families.
In Agent Ambrose’s class:
The Homelessness team intends to research an organization that will accept the canned goods they gather from their community.
The Disease team is planning on convincing the Counselor to help research and plan a way to collect appropriate donations for young Cancer patients at Dell Children’s Hospital.
We’re so excited about all the brand new missions initiated at Linder Elementary!
In Agent Carrizalez’ class, the “Peace to the World” team plans on creating a group letter to end gun violence that they hope to mail to lawmakers. There’s also a group of new agents hoping to march to end hunger and poverty.
In Agent Aguilar’s class, one team wants to write letters, start a petition, and march to end the deportation of loved ones. Another team wants to create a fundraiser to help cure diseases like cancer and asthma.
In Agent Muneer’s class, there’s a team of new agents eager to help stop animal abuse by creating a club that will pass out flyers and maybe even create a website. There’s also a team hoping to boycott gasoline and use other forms of transportation as a form of protest against high gas prices.
Good luck on your missions, agents!
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.
Welcome to the CIA, Agents! Good luck on your missions!
In Agent Wilson’s class:
The Homeless Pets team plans to get the word out about how to be a responsible pet owner. They are making posters, writing speeches for the local news, and designing a wall calendar.
The Poaching team is forming an in-school club that intends to partner with local businesses to promote ethical treatment of animals.
In Agent DeAtly’s class:
The Cancer Team is organizing a Cancer Awareness assembly where students can speak. They will also be putting together a care package for young patients at Dell Children’s Hospital.
The Animal Abuse team is writing speeches to share with their school about ways to treat animals with respect.
In Agent Child’s class:
In Agent Valentino’s class:
Welcome to the CIA, Agents of Ortega Elementary!
We can’t wait to hear how your missions go.
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!
Welcome Agents of Widen Elementary! Good luck on your missions to end bullying, animal abuse, kidnapping, cancer, and sexual violence!
Check out these kid-friendly volunteer opportunities!
Check here for the latest and greatest news on ways for kids to take action in central Texas: http://littlehelpinghands.org/volunteer/volunteer-calendar/
- Austin Pets Alive Book Buddies Program: (1st grade and up) Read to kitties! Create a social environment in the Feline Leukemia Cat Sanctuary; program is designed to promote youth awareness of the shelter environment and the No-Kill movement through reading. Children able to read at any level may come with an adult to read to cats! http://www.austinpetsalive.org/get-involved/volunteer/
- Children and parents help with varying projects through Little Helping Hands, including assembling adoption packets, decorating “Adopt Me!” bandanas for dogs, creating rice sock heating pads, making cards for donors. http://littlehelpinghands.org/volunteer/volunteer-calendar/
- Austin Dog Alliance Pet Therapy Helpers (under 13 yrs) Play with dogs to help socialize them do they can help provide therapy for others! http://littlehelpinghands.org/volunteer/volunteer-calendar/
- ARCH – Cook dinner for residents! Prepare or serve meals for people in need of food and shelter. No info available online for volunteer opportunities for children http://www.frontsteps.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunties/
- Caritas – (3 yrs +) Help support individuals and families experiencing poverty by assembling, preparing meals! See http://littlehelpinghands.org/volunteer/volunteer-calendar/
- El Buen Samaritano Pantry Helper, Hope Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels & More PALS (ages 4-6) help sort, package, and label dog and cat food. http://littlehelpinghands.org/volunteer/volunteer-calendar/
- Habitat for Humanity – Help create a home for families in need! Children under 15 are not allowed on active construction sites, but can landscape, paint, or help with lunch sponsorship. http://www.austinhabitat.org/youth-volunteer-policy
- TreeFolks planting activity, Mayfield Park & Preserve Work Days, Community garden work days, Keep Austin Beautiful Tool Painting, SFC garden work day, etc. http://www.keepaustinbeautiful.org/volunteer_opportunities_registration http://littlehelpinghands.org/volunteer/volunteer-calendar/, http://www.treefolks.org/volunteer-opportunities/
- Participate in a rally or march for environmental justice!
- Take part in your school’s Bright Green Future projects! City of Austin Office of Sustainability offered grant money to 24 Austin schools to participate in the Bright Green Future initiative http://www.austintexas.gov/news/grant-funding-awarded-local-k-12-schools-sustainability-projects
- World Wildlife Foundation
- https://support.worldwildlife.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=can_actions, https://support.worldwildlife.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=can_home
- Sign up for Earth Hour! Pledge to turn off your lights for one hour.
- Send a letter to your representatives/to the president and demand climate change action now! https://support.worldwildlife.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=811
- Pledge to take a stand against wildlife crime! Save endangered species! https://support.worldwildlife.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=664
- BULLYING – for schools that are participating in the No Place for Hate Program, children can join the NPFH club and attend meetings, brainstorm events and activities that encourage a bully-free environment. This program depends on administrative initiative to take on the program. http://www.cvent.com/events/2014-2015-no-place-for-hate-austin/custom-18-2e1d095f89cc409d8b209ffd33210839.aspx
- CHILD ABUSE
- Prevent Child Abuse Texas- Prevent child abuse with public awareness! Distribute literature to public sites and community events. http://www.preventchildabusetexas.org/volunteers.html
- Austin Child Guidance Center – (no specific info about child volunteer opportunities) Help create safe space for families in need of therapeutic healing and transform the Children’s Healing Garden! http://www.austinchildguidance.org/you-can-help-2/volunteer/
- CANCER/ CHRONIC ILLNESS
- Dell Children’s Hospital:Decorating Activity – help make decorations to hang in the emergency room! http://littlehelpinghands.org/volunteer/volunteer-calendar/
- Woody Pet Therapy Volunteer Program: Brighten someone’s day, bring your dog for a visit!