Students and teachers at the Fenton Primary Center, in Pacoima, Calif., celebrated the approach of Valentine’s Day with a weeklong Mutt-i-grees® event called “Hearts for Happy Hounds,” focusing on fun, kindness, and fundraising. The Center, a TK-6 grade campus, is part of the Fenton Avenue Charter School network in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, one of the Curriculum’s pioneer sites.
Mutt-i-grees® poets from the Curtis Inge Middle School, in Noble, Okla., stepped to the microphone last October to share their innermost thoughts and hopes about the pets in their lives. The results? Tears, cheers, and pie.
In partnership with the NYC Department of Education, the Mutt-i-grees program kickoff was a huge success! Research has proven that the human-animal bond enhances students’ social and emotional competence by reinforcing skills such as empathy, cooperation, and ethical decision-making. The launch of this cutting edge initiative linking children and shelter pets will not only save more pet’s lives but improve children’s social and academic development.
The New York Times Brand Studio partnered with Purina ONE to create this profile on how shelter dogs are helping people, particularly students, across the country. The piece explores how our programming is changing lives and features interviews with Matia Finn-Stevenson, who created the Curriculum, and Jayne Vitale, who is the current Mutt-i-grees program director.