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Curriculum Overview: How teaching kids about shelter dogs can make them better students

Pet owners all over the world know the benefits of spending time with dogs. They give us unconditional love. They calm us when we’re angry. They even brighten our moods when it seems nothing else can.

But did you know that studying shelter dogs in school can improve children’s behavior, confidence and academic performance? The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum, is finding just that and more.

This month’s featured librarian is Lorie Hernesh, Children’s Program Coordinator for the Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg, PA.

Each week, Lorie teaches a program called Discover, in which the library offers classes for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers up to age five. The classes include weekly themes, stories, read alouds, crafts, and activities that are presented in a fun and educational way. Lorie also presents story times to area preschools. She incorporates a specific Mutt-i-grees lesson at least once during each Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer session.

Celebrate CATober with Mutt-i-grees!

We hope you can join us in celebrating the month of CATober! North Shore Animal League America has declared October to be a month to honor cats and has designated the October 9th as the universal birthday for shelter and rescue cats everywhere. You can celebrate the month of CATober in your community by encouraging your students to help cats at your local shelters. See below for service learning ideas you can try with your students and don't forget to share your projects with us!

Mutt-i-grees Expands in Five States

Norma Meek, Mutt-i-grees Educational Training and Program Development Consultant, presented to more than 70 attendees who attended her workshop at the 21st CCLC Multi-State Conference on September 23-25, 2014 in Louisville, KY. The 21st CCLC Multi-State Conference brings together directors from five states to share best practices and innovations in after-school and summer programming.

Student Ambassador Ragan Fletcher: A Mutt-i-grees Mentor

As 2014-15 Mutt-i-grees Student Ambassador, Ragan Fletcher has pledged to help the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum expand in Oklahoma. One of her goals is to work closely with students at schools in her community to teach Mutt-i-grees lessons and implement community service projects. In September, Ragan began mentoring a group of 5th grade students at Bixby Central Intermediate School and facilitating their M.U.T.T.S. Club.