The lessons in the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum teach critical social and emotional skills, which in turn, help students to connect with their peers, the educators and administrators at their schools, and their communities as a whole. As a way to reinforce the skills learned in the classroom, Norma Meek, Mutt-i-grees Educational Consultant and National Peer Trainer, conceptualized a new initiative focused on community engagement: the Mutt-i-grees retreat. She collaborated with educators in Van Buren County, AR and Boyd County, KY to pilot the program this fall, with fantastic results.
Thanks to the support of Caitlyn Colman-McGaw, programming assistant for young adult education and engagement at New York Public Library, branches across the boroughs are joining our Mutt-i-grees in the Library initiative and introducing children, teens, and families to the importance of shelter pet adoption.
Meet the "Zoo Crew" from St. Martin De Porres Marianist School in Long Island, NY! These awesome 5th graders are responsible for the care of the school's birds, fish, and turtle, as well as the school dogs, which are a part of North Shore Animal League America's Mutt-i-gree Foster Program.
'Tis the season of giving and Mutt-i-grees students are making us proud! In Ashland, KY, members of the Mutt-i-grees Teen Council created a giving tree at their local PetSmart, complete with photo ornaments of adoptable dogs from Ashland Animal Rescue Fund, to promote shelter adoptions in their community. They also collected more than $750 in donations for the shelter! We are happy to report that some of the dogs and cats featured on the tree have since found loving homes.
Photo courtesy of The Children's Museum of Winston-Salem
We are excited to announce that this fall, The Children's Museum of Winston-Salem in North Carolina began implementing Mutt-i-grees programming on a regular basis! The museum hosts a Mutt-i-grees storytime in collaboration with Forsyth Humane Society, their local animal shelter. Children and families participate in a fun craft, listen to a story from our recommended reading list, and learn about the shelter’s role in the community. The best part? The shelter brings an adoptable dog to each program so everyone has a chance to meet a Mutt-i-gree! To see how other museums and libraries are implementing Mutt-i-grees programming, please visit http://education.muttigrees.org/library/programs-in-action.