Georgia Summitt, an art teacher from Jonesboro, Arkansas, was inspired by her daughter’s temporarily paralyzed dog, Lila, to work with her class to build wheelchairs for dogs. Already invested in Lila’s story, the students were eager to help her and other disabled animals “because it is unfair that they can’t help themselves” (Kaleb Anderson, age 12).
With money raised through DonorsChoose.org, Ms. Summitt lead 15 sixth grade students in researching dog wheelchairs and building their own. Despite the struggles of trying to keep dogs still for measurements, the project has been a success! Ms. Summitt’s students have strengthened their math and problem solving skills while helping disabled dogs in the area.