On Friday, November 8, 2013, The Mutt-i-grees team visited Promise Academy I in Harlem, New York. Mutt-i-grees assemblies were presented to kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms and students had a chance to participate in lessons, learn about the importance of Rescue, Nurture and Adopt, and meet a few of North Shore Animal League America’s adoptable puppies up close.
Wendy Weiss took a break from teaching the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum to her English and Journalism students at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School to bring Mutt-i-grees to younger children at Bethpage Public Library. The Mutt-i-grees Library Workshop was a big success! Children (mostly ages 4-7) entered the playroom while the Mutt-i-grees jingle was playing. The librarian set up a wonderful display of books and Wendy brought a musician friend, who provided the voice and the life to the Mutt-i-grees puppet- whom they named Mutley the Mutt-i-gree.
On Friday, October 25, 2013, librarians from Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, NY participated in Mutt-i-grees Orientation & Basic Training at North Shore Animal League America. They learned about the research base behind the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum and Mutt-i-grees in the Library, participated in a model Mutt-i-grees activity, learned about new implementation techniques, and even got hands-on with a few new furry friends! Middle Country Public Library, founder of Family Place Libraries™, is the national pilot site for Mutt-i-grees® in the Library.
Mutt-i-grees students from the Animal Science classes at the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Brookhaven Technical Center celebrated Halloween on Tuesday, October 29th 2013, by hosting a pet costume contest and pet parade. They also got to visit with adoptable pets from North Shore Animal League America and met two puppy mill survivors.
About a year ago, I was talking with a friend about the treatment of dogs and animals in our current society. We discussed the much publicized dog fighting ring. We discussed animal abuse and the effect it has on the children who are made witness. We discussed that educating our youngest members of society would be the key in creating a more compassionate community, country and world. How would we create such a program? We would need an incredible pool of resources and I wasn't confident we had the power to source them.