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.
In a special ceremony at the 70th anniversary Fall Festival at Citi Field on Saturday, October 18, 2014, North Shore Animal League America was honored to present brothers Ramon and Joel Quinones with the Humane Hero Award for their heroic actions toward saving the life of Quattro the cat. On May 7, in Paterson, NJ, a group of children brutally beat Quattro, a stray cat, with bricks, stones, and sticks. The assault only ended when Ramon and Joel stepped in, chasing the gang away while protecting Quattro.
Meet Dewalt, a sweet kitty rescued by Scott Jones, the superintendent in Clinton, AR. The Clinton school district has consistently been a leader in the Mutt-i-grees Movement since it began piloting the Curriculum many years ago, helping hundreds of animals along the way. We’re so happy that the Mutt-i-grees message is not only reaching students and teachers, but administrators as well. Dewalt especially loves "helping" in the shop, thus his name!
This month’s featured librarian is Lorie Hernesh, Children’s Program Coordinator for the Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg, PA.
Each week, Lorie teaches a program called Discover, in which the library offers classes for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers up to age five. The classes include weekly themes, stories, read alouds, crafts, and activities that are presented in a fun and educational way. Lorie also presents story times to area preschools. She incorporates a specific Mutt-i-grees lesson at least once during each Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer session.