Second graders write adorable letters and make drawings for animals awaiting adoption

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If shelter dogs could speak or write, what would they say?

Forty-two second-graders at St. Michael’s Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia, imagined those stories and created heartwarming letters and drawings on behalf of 24 dogs and one cat awaiting adoption at a local shelter.

“Hi my name is Sleigh Ride! Do you want to adopt me? You can train me if you want! Can you put a heart on my collar? I am a girl. Who are you?” begins one adorable note by Winnie Rice.

“You can snuggle with me! I promise that I will be a good dog. You can even sleep with me if you want! I love going on walks and playing outside. I am a medium sized dog. I’m getting bored of this place. Would you love me forever? Love, a cute puppy.”

Another compelling letter from Aubrey Consolvo reads, “Hello, My name is Sunday Special. I would love to be adopted. If you do adopt me, I hope I will brighten up your Sundays like the SUN! You’ll be my Sunday Special, and I hope I’ll be yours!”

Their creative endeavor was the brainchild of teacher Kensey Jones, who has been teaching second graders at St. Michael’s for the last eight years but has also been volunteering on the weekends at Richmond Animal Care and Control.

“The idea came to me that I could connect [the students’] persuasive writing paragraphs with something real in the community,” Jones told “Good Morning America.”

“She emailed me back in January, and was like, ‘You can say no, but what do you think about this idea of having the kids write persuasive writing, like from the perspective of one of the shelter dogs?’ and I thought it was an amazing idea,” Christie Chipps Peters, the director of RACC recalled to “GMA.” “It sort of just grew from there. She’s a genius and we were happy to be part of it.”

Peters arranged for the St. Michael’s students to meet with Snow, a 10-week-old American pit bull-terrier puppy who was waiting to be adopted from RACC’s shelter. On Jan. 31, the students learned about RACC’s mission and how they could help some of the animals considered “less desirable” by potential adopters, typically older dogs and pit bulls, according to Peters….”

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