Pella Community High School’s student council fundraised $3,000 for Kaelie De Heer, a PHS student who needed a service dog. De Heer has cerebral palsy, a diagnosis that limits her mobility. She and her mother, Tina Uitermarkt, had been raising money to buy a service dog since November 2017. Prior to Tuesday’s presentation, De Heer’s family had raised roughly $12,000 toward the $14,000 dog. The amount fundraised by student council had been kept a secret from De Heer and her mother prior to the presentation. Afterward, De Heer could not stop smiling and expressed excitement to her mother. Uitermarkt conveyed gratitude toward the students. This $3,000 will go over the family’s goal to purchase the dog. The extra funds will be used toward a fence for the dog at the family’s home.
A Pella Christian High School is one of 50 students nationwide piloting a new course called Google Course Share Collaboration at Calvin College. Taylor Hartson, class of 2015 and junior at Calvin College, said she was approached by her faculty advisor and course teacher, Roman Williams, and encouraged to participate. The class, which fulfills one of her sociology major elective requirements, will provide an opportunity for her to practice different methods of collecting sociological data. The Google Course Share Collaboration comprises of three courses during this semester. Hartson said the content of her course focuses on how sociologists can best use visual methods in the study of sociology.