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Mutt-i-grees Retreat Connects Students to Their Communities

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.

New York Public Library Embraces Mutt-i-grees Programming

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.

Long Island School Fosters a Love of Mutt-i-grees

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.

Mutt-i-grees Students Give Back This Holiday Season

'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.

Kentucky School District Hosts Mutt-i-grees Retreat

This fall, students from Boyd County Middle School and Catlettsburg Elementary in Boyd County, KY participated in the school district’s first ever Mutt-i-grees retreat. The goal? To encourage community engagement by offering students a unique opportunity to learn about their county’s municipal departments, historic landmarks, and civic organizations. The retreat began at the Boyd County courthouse with an educational tour of the county seat and historical walk.