On Friday, November 8, 2013, The Mutt-i-grees team visited Promise Academy I in Harlem, New York. Mutt-i-grees assemblies were presented to kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms and students had a chance to participate in lessons, learn about the importance of Rescue, Nurture and Adopt, and meet a few of North Shore Animal League America’s adoptable puppies up close.
Wendy Weiss took a break from teaching the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum to her English and Journalism students at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School to bring Mutt-i-grees to younger children at Bethpage Public Library. The Mutt-i-grees Library Workshop was a big success! Children (mostly ages 4-7) entered the playroom while the Mutt-i-grees jingle was playing. The librarian set up a wonderful display of books and Wendy brought a musician friend, who provided the voice and the life to the Mutt-i-grees puppet- whom they named Mutley the Mutt-i-gree.
Mutt-i-grees students from the Animal Science classes at the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Brookhaven Technical Center celebrated Halloween on Tuesday, October 29th 2013, by hosting a pet costume contest and pet parade. They also got to visit with adoptable pets from North Shore Animal League America and met two puppy mill survivors.
October proved to busy a busy month for the Mutt-i-grees Movement! The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum was represented at the Education Minnesota Conference in St. Paul on October 17, 2013. Byron Logan and Jim Messina spoke with hundreds of conference attendees, including teachers, administrators, and families. This was truly a community event since schools in Minnesota close for two days to allow school staff and families to attend. Those who stopped wanted to learn how they could help shelter pets and provide social and emotional learning lessons in the schools in their community.
On October 6, 2013, the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum participated in Animal Awareness Day in Branford, CT. Animal Awareness Day is a fun filled family event with games, contests, raffles, food, blessing of the animals, live music, pet parade, adoption event and other activities. It is a combined fundraising and awareness event to benefit homeless pets. This event is promoted by Branford’s Cosgrove Animal Shelter and Branford Compassion Club.