In case you were wondering, Drago is a German Shepherd who is a part of the North Strabane police department. Drago is certified in patrol work and narcotics. Last year Team Indy and NSIS raised approximately 800 dollars for Drago and the K9 Unit of North Strabane. So it was easy for the students to pick him again when they wanted to create a fundraiser as a part of their Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood unit.
Each unit is approximately nine weeks and includes different projects where the students work a certain theme into all of their subjects. The first unit, for example, focused on the book “An Alien Ate My Homework” by Bruce Coville. After reading the book one project they participated in was creating t-shirts based on different planets that they studied. Special thanks to many of the parents that donated supplies and materials for the Galaxy shirts.
For the science portion of this project students created and launched rockets. For the English part, students created aliens and wrote a narrative for their alien, similar to that of the book. They wrote about how the alien came to school in their backpack. Bruce Coville featured the aliens on his website and actually video called into the school to discuss the book and the projects with the students!
The current unit that the students are working on, as mentioned, is Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. A strong theme of Mr. Rogers is kindness, so creating kindness grams as their fundraiser seemed like the perfect choice. These kindness grams involved a kind message and a piece of candy on the back and could be sent to any student or staff member in the school. The students did everything from creating fliers to promote the project to creating the actual kindness grams as well. Through this fundraiser they were able to raise $1,300 for K9 Drago. Drago came the school to thank the students for their generosity and showed them what he could do.
The students are also creating their own Mr. Rogers episodes as a part of this unit as well. One student will be a producer and a number of different students will be Mr. Rogers. Puppets will be made and even a set similar to that of the real Mr. Rogers. Special thanks to Flying Scooter Productions, a Public Relations group in Pittsburgh, donated craft supplies and other materials for the creation of the Mr. Rogers' episodes. Each classroom from Team Independence will have a different theme that the students will have to create a script around: Mrs. Haddox theme is music, Mr. Petruska’s is friendship, Mrs. Ihrig is listening and Mrs. Gonze is helping. The classrooms even bought fish for this project since every episode included a part where Mr. Rogers fed the fish. Stay tuned for videos of their episodes coming soon!
For the next units they might do something with the humane society and Valentine’s Day or Roberto Clemente. Canon-Mac can’t wait to see what creative projects NSIS comes up with next!