Students at P.S. 209, the Clearview Gardens School in Whitestone, NY, are learning a lot about empathy and compassion via the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum. Last year, the school hosted a cage comforter sewing marathon at which parents, students and teachers - some who never sewed before - created 47 cage comforters that went to local shelters with fabric donated by Materials For the Arts in Long Island City, NY.
Unqua Elementary School in Massapequa, NY began implementing the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum this fall and the students are loving it! To enhance what they are learning in the classroom, students visited North Shore Animal League America this week for a behind-the-scenes tour of the world’s largest no-kill rescue organization. Both the students and the puppies and kittens they visited with truly enjoyed the experience.
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, the inaugural Reading with Mutt-i-grees® event was held at North Shore Animal League America. High school students from Long Island’s Abilities Inc. toured the Animal League’s shelter facilities, interacting with puppies, kittens and adult rescue animals there. Afterward, they headed to the Family Waiting Room, where they were given the opportunity to choose any book that interested them from a large stack of shelter animal-themed titles.
Public libraries provide many benefits for their patrons: access to computers and materials, free children’s programs, a safe environment for learning, and quiet places to read, among others. But one library in Kansas offered a young patron something truly special: a new-found sense of confidence and pride. Thanks to the support of Kansas State Librarian, Jo Budler, libraries in Kansas are able to apply for LSTA funding to support Mutt-i-grees in the Library.
In late October, the Mutt-i-grees® Team visited I.S 14 Shell Bank Intermediate School in Brooklyn with several puppies to hold an interactive and informative assembly. The students and teachers there – already fully immersed in the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum – greatly enjoyed the presentation. And what’s more, one of the teachers in attendance actually adopted one of the puppies from North Shore Animal League America present that day!