Schoolkids honouring Félicette
I received a wonderful email which I wanted to share with you all.
It was from Emily, a teacher in northern Canada. After hearing about this Kickstarter campaign on CBC radio she used Félicette's story to discuss the ethics of using animals in research with her Grade 5 students.
The students then went on to sculpt their own ideas in clay for what Félcitte's memorial could look like.
Have a look at all their magnificent creations below, plus a few explanatory videos from the students on their designs.
"For my sculpture I made a rocket body and added a head, feet, and a tail. I made it a bench and chair so people can interact with it more than a normal sculpture. In the design process it was difficult to decide if it was going to be a bench, chair, or a normal statue finally I decided on a bench but after I made a chair too." - Sarah
"Felicete was not honoured at all. The first dog in space was, and the first primate was too. This statue shows her on top of the rocket in space wearing a beret because she is French. She is on top of the rocket because she is the QUEEN OF CATS!!" - Landis
"For my sculpture, I created a square with "space cat" written on it. I used a pencil to write it then I made a rocketship, which was very hard. My friend Alyssa helped me and it took a few tries. This project was fun because we are honouring the first cat to ever go to space. I think more people should learn about Felicette." - Brooklynn
And a final word from Ave-Maria:
Thanks Ave-Maria, couldn't have put it better myself!