Coram Students Sew Pouches for Wildlife

Coram First-Graders Sew Pouches for Australian Wildlife
Posted on 01/15/2020
Coram First-Graders Sew Pouches for Australian WildlifeFirst-graders in Rachel Walczyk’s class at Coram Elementary School are learning how small acts of kindness can make a significant impact for those in need. So far, the students have sewn close to 40 pouches for animals affected by the severe wildfires in Australia. 

As part of their non-fiction reading and writing units, the students learned about the different animals that live in Australia and how vast areas of habitats have been destroyed from the massive bushfires. 

 Close to 11,000 miles away, it is easy to feel powerless. 

“We all feel helpless, but making pouches for the injured animals is something we definitely can do,” said Mrs. Walczyk.

After locating a specific type of pattern, the students traced and sewed the pouches, which vary in size to fit different species of wildlife. 

“I hope that the kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, and bats will love our pouches, and they will keep them warm and safe,” said first-grader, Mia.

In addition to donating fabric, teachers and students have held fundraising events to help offset costs.

The students are hoping to complete 100 pouches shortly that will be sent to a group in Maine, organizing relief efforts.   
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