Scholar Designed Condos Auctioned Off to Support Shelters

November 8, 2016

Culture, The Zoetics

By Molly Arseneau

Photo by Molly Areseneau -- Scholars stand next to a condo they designed, to be donated to the Watermelon Mountain Ranch.

Photo by Molly Areseneau — Scholars stand next to a condo they designed, to be donated to the Watermelon Mountain Ranch.

Home of many scholar-lead projects, the ASK Academy recently put middle school scholars to work on a community project. Cheryl Kerby, Sean Hurley, and Carl Kinnard collaborated with scholars, as well as a handful of parent volunteers to create cat condos. The assignment was for the 6th and 7th grade engineering scholars to create a cat condo capable of holding up to three cats using recycled materials mostly provided by Lowes. Scholars worked through the engineering process to ensure their projects were effective and met all given requirements.

The idea behind the condos came from a conversation Kerby had with her son, a 3rd year veterinary student. Kerby said she mentioned the cardboard chair project that she was about to start with her scholars, and her son stated how the chairs wouldn’t be very useful considering that they were just going to the dump afterwards.

“Why don’t you build something for animal shelters?” Kerby said her son asked her. Taking the idea into great consideration, Kerby consulted with Hurley and made it happen.

Last month, a silent auction was held after school for the condos . Many condos were auctioned off and the ones that weren’t were taken by Kerby and scholars that joined her on her Fall Fest trip to Watermelon Ranch and donated to the cats there.

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