Bristol students prepare treats for the Bristol Animal Shelter

Jesse Wilson forms the batter into balls as Kylie Davenport and James Faulkner look on.

Mya Botelho watches Jake Leone mix the peanut butter and oats batter.

Mya Botelho watches Jake Leone mix the peanut butter and oats batter.

With gooey hands and big smiles, a second-grade class at Colt Andrews Elementary School in Bristol whipped up a big batch of homemade dog treats to be donated to the Bristol Animal Shelter.

This past Friday was a fun filled day for students at the School. Not only was it “dress up as the person who you most admire” day but, for Terry Gordon’s second-grade class, it was a day to make dog treats.

Mrs. Gordon’s class has been working on their opinion writing the past few weeks. They were writing about what makes a better pet — a cat or a dog. Students had to explain why, using opening and closing statements. To help enrich the students’ experience, Mrs. Gordon decided to make dog treats in class, which would then be donated to the Bristol Animal Shelter.

Skye Scott scoops out batter for Nicholas Viveiros to form treats.

Skye Scott scoops out batter for Nicholas Viveiros to form treats.

Students worked in groups of three to create non-bakeable treats. Peanut butter, oats, water and cinnamon were mixed together to form a stick batter. Students then formed the batter into balls which could be shaped into As and Cs to represent Colt Andrews School.

As you can imagine, the students were very enthusiastic. You could hear students saying, “gross!” or “taste it!” as the event went on. Their hands were covered in sticky batter and the students loved every minute of it.

After the students had finished making the treats, they were sealed in zip-lock bags and left to harden.

Mrs. Gordon let her class know that they could take some treats home if they had pets. The rest of the treats would then be delivered to the animal shelter on March 3.

Not just for fun

As Mrs. Gordon explained, this was part of the “Community Service Project” which helps to foster community involvement. Mrs. Gordon’s class does at least one project each month. These projects are usually tied into the students’ curriculum and help to enhance their studies.

Some past “Community Service Project” include students making Valentine’s Day cards for veterans, making cornbread for the soup kitchen and holiday cards for seniors. And students are looking forward to a book drive which will happen in April and a trash pickup.

If you want to make your own treats, follow these simple steps.


  • Jar of peanut butter
  • Dried oatmeal
  • Cinnamon
  • Some water
  • Mix the peanut butter and oatmeal together in a large bowl.
  • Add some water until the batter gets loose enough to easily mix.
  • Add three shakes of cinnamon (or a half teaspoon)
  • Mix thoroughly
  • Form to desired shape
  • Let rest to harden.

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