Redwood Prep enrichment class provides community service to Miranda's Rescue

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

Redwood Preparatory Charter School has been holding after school enrichment classes organized by Kim Kendall with assistance from Moe Holt. Recently Moe Holt created an enrichment class that provided community service to Miranda's Rescue.

Many schools in Humboldt County have begun to run enrichment classes that range from art to community service. The program usually runs for several weeks and then is followed by a new set of enrichment classes.

Redwood Prep's community service enrichment class ran on Thursdays, bringing the six students to Miranda's Rescue to interact with the many animals housed at the facility. About 20 kids signed up for the class, but there were only six spots. There are plans to repeat the enrichment course next year with hopes of expanding the numbers.

The Redwood Prep students who participated in the enrichment program and raised money for Miranda's Rescue were Madison Rocha, Grace Shaha, Trey Sandborn, Zach Humphrey, Jackson Burger, and Chaz Schlesinger.

After the six students spent time with the animals they decided they wanted to do something in addition to the cleaning and interacting. So they set up lemonade and cookie stand to raise money for supplies to help support the needs of the animals.

The students raised $280 to buy dog food, cat food, cat litter, and toys for the animals. At their next enrichment the class the students delivered the necessary items to their new friends.

During the course of the class the students interacted mostly with cats making sure they were fed and clean. Providing socialization to the animals is crucial in helping provide a healthy adoptable disposition.

In addition to the many cats the students socialized with goats, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, and birds.

Miranda's Rescue works to rescue abandoned, abused and injured animals, rehabilitate them, have them vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and find them loving adoptive homes. Miranda's Rescue also provides programs with the animals interacting with disabled, children, and the elderly. The goal is to raise public awareness about companion animal overpopulation. Miranda's Rescue is a no-kill facility.

The students loved the animal interactions and look forward to taking more community service classes during their enrichments sessions. "Community Service is huge to us. We will continue to provide enrichment classes that focus on Community," said Holt.

For more information about Redwood Prep contact 682-6149 and for Miranda's Rescue contact 725-4449.

Photo by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon

Students from Redwood Prep Charter School raised $280 to purchase food, litter, and toys for the animals they socialized and cared for during their recent after school enrichment class at Miranda's Rescue in Fortuna.

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