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.
Inspired by the charitable work of one of her classmates, a New York City middle school student, named Sam, has raised $100 for North Shore Animal League America’s Help Me Heal Program. Sam is a member of her school’s YAP (or Youth Animal Protectors) Club and studies the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum. These two programs work in conjunction at her school to teach students about animals in need and encourage relevant service learning projects.
A Mutt-i-grees® student in New York City, named Kaia, is putting the curriculum to good use; inspiring selfless acts from those around her and, in doing so, raising money for animals in need.