When four Alex Hope Elementary Grade 4 students read about the many orphaned black bear cubs arriving at Langley’s Critter Care rehabilitation centre this summer, they knew they wanted to help.
The students — Jordis Klyne, Danica Bateman, Ryan Burns and Raymond Shi — who take part in the Destination Imagination program, worked together to make Critter Care their project of the year.
According to Nadean Vonk, an intermediate resource teacher at Alex Hope, the students contacted Critter Care themselves to find out what they could do. Critter Care responded with an invitation to tour the south Langley rehabilitation centre and learn about what they do.
“We got to go to Critter Care and see lots of the animals, especially the raccoons, there were a lot of them,” said Ryan.
“We could smell the skunks,” said Jordis, holding her nose.
But the kids didn’t get to see any of the 32 bear cubs that are now residing at the centre. The public is never allowed to see the bears. Having as little human interaction as possible helps with the animals’ successful release into the wild. The kids did get to watch all the volunteers in action and see them heading out to rescue an animal. Returning from Critter Care with a list of needed items, the students moved into action.
They call their group H.A.L.O. — Helping Animals Live On. They decided to do a school-wide paper/household goods drive, collecting items to help all the animals, including receiving blankets, baby rattles for the raccoons, toiletries, dog food, Canadian Tire money, cleaning products and more…