Earth Club, Madonna Catholic School

The Earth Club at the Madonna Catholic School in Sherwood Park meets weekly to learn and take action about animals and the environment. The club, which has students from Grades 1 to 5, includes many of the Alberta SPCA's education activities in its program. Students take part in the AnimalTales book program, the Circle of Compassion poster and the Class Action Service project.

“Our Earth Club mandate is to show respect in our daily lives for the land, air, water and all living creatures,” says Sharon Mittelsteadt, the teacher who organizes the club. “Students are encouraged to be advocates for all animals—they know that one simple action can make a difference.”

In 2012, the club made a donation to the Alberta SPCA.

The students’ fundraising efforts for the Alberta SPCA had a unique beginning. It started when four Grade 5 students from the Earth Club made a presentation about endangered and threatened animals at the school’s Christmas concert. They accepted donations for the World Wildlife Fund, and the Earth Club “adopted” four animals through WWF. The students then raffled off the animal kits they received from WWF to raise part of the donation to the Alberta SPCA. They raised the rest of the money through an Earth Week bake sale.

“All the activities these students undertook really express the definition of humane education: inspiring compassion for animals, people and the environment,” says Tim Battle, director of education at the Alberta SPCA.

Madonna School Earth Club Madonna Catholic School teacher Sharon Mittelsteadt (left) and the Alberta SPCA’s Melissa Logan talk to Earth Club students.
Photo by Andrew Jeffrey, Sherwood Park News