In April 2014, students from the Connecticut Friends School completed a project as part of their school’s partnership with the Pet Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Norwalk, CT. The students began using the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum earlier in the trimester, and teachers wanted to be sure they made a service learning connection with their use of it.
On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, students from Lisa Mongiello's high school class at Brookhaven Technical Center in Bellport, NY participated in a service learning project as part of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum. The students partnered with residents at a local nursing home to make no-sew fleece blankets to donate to their local shelter. The students and residents enjoyed working together and the end result will help the animals waiting for adoption.
Toni Mancini, English teacher and founder of the Humane Club at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens, NY, asked her creative writing students to write papers from the perspective of a shelter animal that is in need of special care, often due to a medical condition. According to Toni, this assignment teaches students to develop tone, voice, diction, and purpose in their writing, and also teaches empathy.
From Wendy Weiss
Benjamin N. Cardozo High School
I wanted to share about some wonderful things happening in my classroom.
I have been teaching Jack London’s Call of the Wild to my freshman journalism students. This is a fantastic book to teach and complement the myriad of issues related to the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum and beyond.
Yuka Dawson teaches technology to students in 6th-12th grade and has pilot-tested the Grades 9-12 Mutt-i-grees Curriculum with students at P256Q MercyFirst, a residential school in Syosset, NY. As a technology teacher, Yuka is using the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum not only to enhance the students’ social and emotional skills, but also as a way to meet educational requirements. She taught her students about puppy mills and found out about pending legislation on the issue (Senate Bill S6093-2011).