AUBURN---“Every year, these activities are part of the reason I love working at St. Dom’s and some of my fondest memories with my students.”
The words of Jamie Ouellette, a seventh-grade teacher at Saint Dominic Academy in Auburn, are shared by many in the school community. Staff and students alike renew a commitment each day to celebrating faith, academic excellence, and kindness. A tradition that has provided a special pride for current and past students, including this year’s seventh graders.
“We discussed how we can be kind to ourselves, to our family, our school community, and our local community,” said Ouellette. “The students generated a list of ideas for each category and then we voted on which one they would like to do first.”
The winner? Making blankets for the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston.
“I was given measurements for a typical cat and a typical dog at the shelter,” said Ouellette.
Parents quickly stepped in to support the initiative, donating enough fleece for the students to make over 40 blankets for the shelter. The blankets will be delivered later this week.
“The students used a pattern to cut out the corners and all the ties themselves. They helped each other to finish all the tying,” said Ouellette.
Now, dogs and kitties will rest comfortably in the present as they await forever homes.
It is one of many ambitious and heartwarming service projects the students at St. Dom’s will complete this year.
“I have learned that the successful projects are ones that the students have had some say in the planning and can take on ownership,” said Ouellette.
In a few weeks, the seventh graders will tackle their next benevolent project: creating
instructional videos to help parents and younger children navigate through Google Classroom.