Always on the leading edge, the Curriculum took a big step this spring when it joined with City University of New York to offer a 20-hour graduate-level certificate course at Queens College. As part of the college’s Professional and Continuing Studies program, the course attracted an enthusiastic group of teachers, librarians, and school counselors who explored the intellectual principles of the Curriculum, learning how the natural affinity between children and pets is the perfect catalyst for building calm, caring, and compassionate students.
Paw-some news - Jeter, a Mutt-i-gree extraordinaire, has joined the world of Instagram! Jeter was adopted from North Shore Animal League America in 2010 by Toni Frear, a guidance counselor from one of our very first Mutt-i-grees school pilot sites. Toni fell in love with the adorable black pup during a visit to NSALA as part of a Mutt-i-grees training and could not leave him behind! She bought him a plane ticket and Jeter made the trip across the country to his new home in California.
This month, members of the Mutt-i-grees team traveled to Newtown, CT to bring Mutt-i-grees programming to students from Sandy Hook schools as part of a fun event hosted by Ben's Lighthouse, a foundation that was started after the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012. The foundation was named in memory of six year old Ben Wheeler and his love of lighthouses and it supports the children of Newtown in a safe, nonviolent environment. Their mission aligns with the social and emotional learning themes we promote in the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum.
For the third year in a row, The Smithtown Library in Smithtown, NY hosted a Mutt-i-grees Pet Parade for its patrons to highlight the unique characteristics of animals in their community. The event was well-attended and each family was celebrated as their pet’s name was introduced and announced to the audience. All the pets involved proudly marched around the parade route and families were so excited to show off their furry friends. Shakespeare, the library's resident plush Mutt-i-gree, joined in on the fun, too, of course!
We love seeing Mutt-i-gree Puppet in action! He had a blast helping students in Mrs. Kayla Moore's class at Sallie Cone Preschool Center in Conway, AR create "D" dog art while discussing decision-making as part of lessons from the Dealing with Decisions theme in the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum. Have a fun activity to share? We want to hear from you! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.