Simba and Turtle - two members of the Mutt-i-grees Canine Corps - joined our staff for a visit to Roosevelt High School in Roosevelt, NY this month to work with a class from Abilities, Inc.
On Monday, January 19, 2015, the Mutt-i-grees® Team traveled to Westbury, NY to teach BOCES students there the importance of nurture in the rescue process. They brought along with them eight small breed dogs who were rescued from a puppy mill in Oklahoma just days before. Having only had their freedom for a few short days, these dogs arrived at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech filthy, matted and scared.
With help from a dedicated educator, students in Brooklyn are making a difference in the lives of shelter animals. When she was a teenager, Antonia Mancini decided to volunteer at North Shore Animal League America. It changed her life. Today, as an English teacher and humane educator, she is teaching a whole new generation of teenagers what it means to connect to shelter animals in personal, meaningful ways.
Students in Ms. Amanda’s and Ms. Parker’s classes at Vilonia Preschool in Quitman, AR are fighting the blues this winter with activities from the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum. The children drew pictures of things that help them to feel good and placed them in their Sad Sacks, to be used to cheer themselves up when they are feeling down. The students also talked about ways in which they can cheer others up when they are feeling sad.
Lady spends her time co-teaching Mutt-i-grees lessons with second grade teacher Delois Byrd. Ms. Byrd teaches Mutt-i-grees once a week and she says her students love it. Learning about and helping animals has had a tremendous impact on her students, she says. “I think it has helped them see compassion in action…I like that [the Curriculum] encourages students to think about others and have compassion for all creatures.” Ms.