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.
A Mutt-i-grees® student in New York City, named Kaia, is putting the curriculum to good use; inspiring selfless acts from those around her and, in doing so, raising money for animals in need.
In October 2014, Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg, PA ran its first ever Ruff’s Readers “Read to Your Pet” photo contest. In conjunction with its Ruff’s Readers monthly reading challenge, families were able to enter photos of children of all ages reading a book to their pet(s) (real or plush). Library staff, patrons, and professional photographer, Mayor David Cooney, voted to choose the winners. Lorie Hernesh, Children’s Program Coordinator, was kind enough to share some of the fantastic entries with us:
Irene Sumida, Executive Director of Fenton Charter Public Schools in Lake View Terrace, CA, believes in the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum. Her schools have been involved with Mutt-i-grees since 2010, when Fenton Avenue Charter School and Fenton Primary Center piloted the Curriculum lessons. Since then, the Fenton family of schools has grown to include Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter, which happily embraced Mutt-i-grees in 2013, as well.
Meet Mutt-i-grees featured librarian, Lauren Longbottom, Head of Children’s Services at Ridley Township Public Library in Folsom, PA
Lauren, right, was honored to work with the extremely talented Judy Schachner. To celebrate her newest book release, Skippyjon Jones: Snow What!, the library is planning another visit from her this winter.